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unrecognized external HDD

By kongae1985 ·
I accidentally plugged and unplugged my external HDD from my notebook with window vista without making 'safe to remove hardware' , after that my external HDD no longer recognized by all machines with window vista and only occured 'USB device not recognize', Can I still save my HDD, ? or is there any solution for it. because in this HDD , there are many valuable data exist. At least I want to save my data from this HDD, and How to recognize my external HDD by window

specification are
Hitachi 2.5" 120GB 5400 RPM Hdd,
with prezmate enclosure

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A Hitachi Death Star drive isn't overly Stable

by OH Smeg In reply to unrecognized external HDD

Or Reliable in most peoples books.

But in answer to your question the HDD has had it's MBR's corrupted that is why you are unable to access it on any computer this happens when you regularly unplug without using the Safe Remove Option.

As you say this is Valuable Data it is possible to recover it but how much are you willing to Pay for the Privilege and more importantly How Much time are you willing to spend to achieve the Recovery?

Depending on your Answer to the above you can use something like On Tracks Recovery Software that will rebuild the MBR's in a few minutes but the down side is that it's going to cost you about $1,200.00 for the application. At the other end of the Data Recovery Software there is something like X Ways Davory which is about 35 Euros but only recovers by file type so you need to format and then run the recovery program over the Currently Blank HDD and save the output to another Drive. Takes anything up to 3 days to recover one file type and then you need to start on the next. The Recovered Files are not saved by their old name but by Numbers as the software starts with file 1 and works through to the last file of that type on the HDD some are incomplete and others are what you want but you need to find them first.

Here is a list of the more popular Data Recovery Software that is available but it is by no means a full list of all that is available.

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While the last 2 are from the same company they are very different products. Win Hex should only be considered foe use by someone who knows Hex Inside Out while Davory is a great cheap General Purpose Application.

Personally I prefer the On Track Option but it's anything but cheap. However because I use this type of software a lot it's paid for itself many times over by now, for a cheaper option Spin Rite from Gibson Research or Stella have both very good reputations by other TR members.

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