Hardware issue - Maxtor 500gb 3200 model usb

By kewlnsol ·
Okies i have a maxtor 500gb ext USB 3200 model and i pluged it in today and all i get is powerup, when i plug usb in it spins up as if to read the hdd disk.

Now when it spins up it drops off about 3 seconds in, so you hear it spin up to speed then die almost straight away, it then clicks a couple of times then re attempts to spin up,

does anyone know how bad this problem is as it contains 400gb of priceless data that was backed up to it whilst i formatted all my current drive space on the pc. unfortunatly it takes so much time to move the data back i hadnt got around to it.

Was going to drop into PC world and see if their tecdh guys can fix but if can do it myself even better as i dont want anyone having access to the data i have stored.

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Could be the enclosure

by tintoman In reply to Hardware issue - Maxtor 5 ...

If you are really lucky it could be the enclosure that is faulty rather than the drive itself
If you are technically minded enough you can remove the drive and try it in another enclosure or connect it directly to a pc or laptop.
If the drive wont spin in any scenario then it rather looks as though your data has been lost.

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While it is possible that the Enclosure or USB Lead is damaged

by OH Smeg In reply to Hardware issue - Maxtor 5 ...

I'm assuming that at the very least you would have made mention of the fact that the USB Lead is less than perfect.

Now depending on just how much importance you place on the Priceless Data it is possible to recover it but it's not cheap.

So start with the obvious and change the USB Lead and the Enclosure It just may cure the problem.

But if it doesn't you will need to take the Drive to a Data Recovery House that is capable of reading the Actual Platters.

This means that the drive has to be dismantled and the Platters Removed so you need a Data Recovery House that can do this and not just one that works with Iffy Drives. On Track can do this and as they are the only ones that I have had first Hand experience with they are the only ones that I can recommend. The last time I had to do this with a Dead Drive it cost 46K AU but that was a Rush Job for a company I have no idea of what the price is for non rushed jobs you would have to ask that one.

The better Data Recovery Houses will want a Fee for the quote of around $900.00 with this being taken off the cost of the recovery if it is taken up. But they will give you a fairly good idea of what can be recovered and as you haven't said anything about nasty noises coming out of the actual drive you will most likely be able to recover everything. So you have not totally lost your data but you may not consider it worth recovering.

The other thing that can sometimes be effective is replacing the Circuit Board on the HDD with one from an Identical drive. Sometimes these Circuit Boards fail and just replacing them can recover your Drive but if that works get the Data off as fast as possible and don't trust the drive to be a long term working unit. When something fails on 1 HDD it should be considered as shot and only run to recover your data nothing more. The other thing that can happen is that if the Circuit Board is no longer working there could have been a failure inside the drive and replacing the Circuit Board will result in the destruction of the New Circuit Board so it's a Gamble.

But no matter what Do Not Run The Drive Unnecessarily as the likelihood of being able to recover your data is decreased with the longer that you run the drive.

Just one other thing here these External Drives are not for full time use they are only for Interment use as they generate heat and in a plastic Enclosure this is not disputed so the drive runs hotter than it should and as result has a shorter life. If you only run the External Drives to Backup or Copy Data back to the computer they will last a long time but if you leave them running all the time they will fail and take your data with them. While it is possible to recover from this it's not cheap.


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by kewlnsol In reply to While it is possible that ...

okies 1stly ive tried 5 different leads i plug into xp and vista both ding to say they see a device but then do nothing,
i do unfortunatly now know it was knocked on its side and yip i got nasty spin up and die noise coming from it. it has only been used intermittent and is only bout 3 months old, is still warrenty but wanna try recover data first. gonna go PC World try for a quick solution to the noises i hear then if not ill rip it appart n fix to ma pc, failing that think i might just sit in a corner and cry. the stuff on there is valuable to me and i may try that data recovery house as a final result so thanks loads for the answers guys very usefull ta.

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Just as a side thought

by OH Smeg In reply to helpfull

If you take the drive to a Data Recovery House most Drive Makers will Honor their Guarantee if they get the Certificate from the Drive Recovery House filling in that they have Recovered Data off this drive. In some places it may even be possible under the Local Laws to get the Drive Maker to contribute to the Recovery as well. But you would have to look that up where you are.

That might help you some.


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