Is this the end of my HDD?

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  1. Harsky
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    I bought a USB powered external HDD and it was working okay for a while but I accidently moved the HDD while I transfering something to it. Nothing big I thought since it happened before but when I tried to plug it back in again, it wouldn't recognise it at all. Is this the end of the HDD and does that mean any data recovery programs wouldn't work?
     
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    What I no of is that removable media can only crash/brick when disconnected when it is constantly synchronising like an ipod or something like that. But of an Hd i'm unsure..
     
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    Well, I just plugged it in and it shows the local disk icon as normal... but the HDD is now empty...
     
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    That's a bad sighn.. what happens when you put new files on it? do they show up?
     
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    Dropping it while writing may have put a nice gouge in the surface but moving it should not have done anything (especially to an external drive),

    I suggest checking the leads: I have had several die on me.

    edit: too slow once again.

    If nothing shows my guess is the file table got corrupted, recovery should still be able to pull stuff off of it though, I think it was dirtie or opium that had a thread a short while ago about it.
     
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    How do I go about doing that?
     
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    It could just be the hdd inside the external box that got disconnected from the cables when you moved it. I suggest to open the external box and check if the hdd is connected to the cables.
     
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    Hey FAST you mentioned that you used http://www.partition-recovery.com/ and it helped you so I decided to go for it... but I was wondering how you use it to get the data from the problem HDD?
     
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    if you repair the partition, the data is there again. all a partition does is basically "hold" data and when it's corrupt, the data is still there but the hdd doesn't know it. repairing the partition would allow the data to be seen again.
     
  11. Harsky
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    Argh, I'm really frustrated because even though the external HDD shows up in my computer without the data in it, it wouldn't show up on any of the programs that I tried so far
     
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    Read my message above ^
     
  13. Harsky
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    It is connected... I'm not sure if I should go through the bother of buying a new HDD box anyways
     
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    is it making a weird clicking noise or a repeated motor sound?
     
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    no
     
  16. pikachucrackpipe

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    ok then its probably a partition problem assuming there is actual movement from the hdd

    try this
    right click on my computer and go to 'manage'
    go to 'storage' and then go to 'disk management'

    does the drive show up in there?
     
  17. Harsky
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    No. Nothing. Just the hard drive on my laptop and that's it.
     
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    Then download this. If it can be recovered, this program will do it.

    The link is for freeware but it will recover it (just not write to the sector).
    It installs the program in Windows but then you create a bootable CD or floppy from it to run the program.

    If it works, either buy the program or look for a full version copy in the usual places.
    [​IMG]
     
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    I've got the full version from torrent. Could you do an idiots guide what I should do next?
     
  20. pikachucrackpipe

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    I'm doing this from memory but here goes:

    1. Install the program in Windows
    2. Create either a bootable CD or floppy image
    3. Make SURE your external HDD is correctly connected and powered.
    4. Boot from the now bootable device.
    5. After the program loads, select the appropriate partition.
    6. Either by right clicking on the partition or accessing the menu, there should be an option to recover or restore the partition.
    7. After it says it is complete, make sure you save and allow it to write to the drive.
    8. Remove bootable media.
    9. Reboot machine.