restoring external hard drive
I have a 320GB E5 external hard drive by Acomdata. It worked fine in the past but when I turned it on today my computer only recognized it as an unformatted drive.
I don't think it is a problem with the drivers and have tried running the drive on different computers. I have also searched the forums and found a thread by Olooko about a "Maxtor I/O Device error" but am not sure if it is the same problem.
Is there anything I can do to recover my data? Or possibly restore the drive? I really do not wish format since some of the files cannot be recreated. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Ah yes, I had this problem when windows update restarted my computer while I was using my external.
Unless volv or Jyuu say otherwise, I'm pretty sure that everything you had on the hard disc has been lost, I had to reformat my external. Thats why I now keep DVD backups.
Oh son of a bitch... umm... good question. XD
Your only shot is repairing the file table. I'm hoping you have the external fomated as FAT32, as that's probably the only shot you have of getting it back. Your best bet is to run some disk diagnostics on it, and hope you can repair what you can. There are lots of hard disk programs out there... umm... one from every HD vendor (except your's of course... damn it), thinks like diskkeeper, spinrite..... ooooooooo... spinrite... hrmm...
Anyway, you'll definatly want to download and burn the Ultamate Boot CD and try running those diagnostics tools. I'm going to check on spinrite's abilities... and if he offers a demo of it. :S
Nope... Steve Gibson sells it too much to offer a free version. Guess you'll have to try out the free programs or spring for a professional level data recovery tool (like spinrite or... well, Norton Utilities used to be good... don't know now). Depends how important your data is to you. Note that I do not know if any of these programs officially support externals... so email the companies and ask first if you plan to buy something.
thanks to Silverwmoon!
Thanks Volv, I'll look into those programs.