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Recovering data?

By snipertj ·
I recently started to have trouble with a USB external hard drive, sometimes it would'nt show up on my computer. Now I get the message that this drive is "not accessible the file or directory is corrupted and unreadable", can anyone tell me if there is anything I can do to recover the files from the drive.
I am running Win XP Pro and the drive in question is a Maxtor 40 gb

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Recovering data?

Well the first thing you can do is remove the HDD from the USB caddy and fit it to a computer as a slave drive with the necessary adapter if required from a 2.5 to 3.5 inch IDE interface. The problem could be in the circuitry that is controlling the drive. If it works in the computer all you need do is buy a replacement caddy and fit it to that after you have recovered the data to a safe location.

If when fitted to a computer you get the same message you can try Ontrack to rebuild the MBR's of the Drive if you have a copy or know someone with a copy as it isn't cheap but it might be worth the cost if the data is valuable. You can find Ontracks Web Site here


Or for much less but it will take longer there is XWays Davory available from


At the above site you can download a Trail copy of Davory which will recover the first 200K of every file that is findable and if it works you can buy a copy on line which just requires you to register the product by adding in a string on the already installed copy and you can then recover the data to a different HDD.

Remember that whenever you are doing any form of Data Recovery you always leave the original damaged drive alone and always write the data to another HDD so you never overwrite any data that you are trying to recover.


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