+ 0 Votes SpinRite AkJohnDye 2 years ago How about Steve Gibson's "SpinRite" $ 89.00 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee. See at (www.grc dotCom)I've never used it, but Leo Laporte recommends it, good enough for me. Good luck! John + 0 Votes Check for Drive Caddy connection failure Boris the Bold 2 years ago I've had it before where the internal drive connection (HDD to USB board) has fried.Open up the USB Drive caddy and remove the drive and stick it into another one, I bought one for ??5 and it has worked fine for over a year.Mine was a western Digital passport drive. + 0 Votes Have you tried Linux? jamblaster 2 years ago Many file access problems with Windows can be gotten around through using a Linux distro. They have so many that are easy to install and use from a USB drive (boot from USB) that its worth a try at least. Try Unetbootin --> http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ + 0 Votes usb drive helps techno0001 2 years ago it will really help when dealing with reformating + 0 Votes using alternative cable/converter rj78 2 years ago hey you can use another usb cable to connect otherwise you can use hdd to usb converter (you have to release the hdd inside to see which type of hdd connector SATA or IDE). + 0 Votes Currently there are 2 types of Data Recovery Software OH Smeg 2 years ago The First recovers data from the drive and the second rebuilds Partition Tables etc.Different Data Recovery Software do different jobs in a different way that's basically the main difference. Some do a better job than others but basically speaking the Free ones are Data Recovery Software and read a Drive and recover Data from the drive. The more expensive types Generally Speaking Rebuild Partition Tables and the like and don't actually recover Data from the Drive and write it elsewhere they rebuild the drive and are generally speaking faster doing their thing than the Straight Recovery Type Apps.However saying that you could try Recuva Free from Piriformhttp://www.piriform.com/recuva/downloadI don't use it personally bit others here have said that they find it very good.As to the new Design of the Site I hate it as it's way too easy to miss things now. Col + 0 Votes Verbatim 62872 320GB (Samsung) Healer 2 years ago Above is the drive from which I try to recover the files. I've got it back and tried again.Today when I first plugged into my Windows 7 system. It was not even detected. Likewise when I tried with the Recuva Free I've just downloaded and installed.So I switched over to Ubuntu which was installed on the same laptop. The disk utility detected it. It didn't seem to give me an option to mount it. I plugged in another working 4GB USB drive so that I could compare the information. I didn't remember where I could access the Windows partition or the peripheral drive from the Linux file manager though.Now I switched back to Windows 7. The portable drive was then detected but reported as healthy and raw. I tried the Recuva Free again and it said not formatted. + 0 Votes Perhaps testing the drive with it's makers Testing Utility OH Smeg 2 years ago Is in order here. It could be faulty. http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 + 0 Votes Just check what you have recovered OH Smeg 2 years ago Some may be part files and the like and not be readable even though they have a Header. Col + 2 Votes Data recovery atsmar 2 years ago I've used both TestDisk and it's companion PhotoRec. I recovered 12 GBs off of a Sony 16 GB thumb-drive that I was sure had been fried. The thumb drive wasn't being recognized by three different PCs (two running XP and one running Win 7) and kept telling me it needed to be reformatted. I found this software while looking in Google and wow..., it worked. I had critical data on that Sony and I got all of it back. Once I recovered the data I reformatted the thumb drive. Good as new. You can find it here: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk.