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shirleypearl



Joined: 12 Nov 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:21 am    Post subject: My external hard drive Reply with quote

We had a really nice Thanksgiving Day, except that one of my grandsons was near my computer where I had my external hard drive plugged in. He somehow tripped over a cord, which threw the external hard drive onto the floor. It no longer works. Today is black Friday and my son went with me early to get a different external hard drive. I am beginning to put shows onto it. I think I have a lot of downloading to do.

Shirley
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human



Joined: 20 Nov 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 27, 2009 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I feel your pain. This time last year, I had to replace mu computer following an unexpected mishap of unknown origin. Reconstructing lost data is no picnic.
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Lock_Keeper



Joined: 07 May 2009
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Location: Boston Lock Boston England

PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 5:55 am    Post subject: Wrecked Hard Drives Reply with quote

There may be a way of recovering the data
try dismantling the drive housing and carefully remove the hard drive by disconnecting the cables. Check and see if it is a IEDE drive or a SATA drive. With the EIDE drive you may have to re jumper the drive as a secondary drive.
Open your up your base unit and find the IDED or SATA leads to the current internal drive and a spare power cable that fits - do not force any connectors they fit with a gentle push - connect the drive and repower the machine- boot in to bios F12 or DEL depandent of mother board- check to see if the new drive is visible - then quit and boot into windows as normal - use windows explorer to try to recover data from the drive - you may be lucky
This is not a definitive method of recovering data but it has worked for me in the past - be aware this can void your warranty of the base machine
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shirleypearl



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2009 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lock_Keeper,
Thanks for your advice. I am going to let my husband read what you said and see if he can do what you talk about. It is a bit more than I can understand, but my husband is a computer programmer, so we will see.

Thanks again,

Shirley
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