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Problem with external hard drive not being read

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    I have a 500g seagate drive I've been using for awhile. I have windows XP so my external has always just been plug and play.  I have lots of files on this drive and one of which is a program I was running just last night. Well I leave my drive on my floor next to my computer and my dog just so happened to knock it over while I was running this program and I noticed my drive was beeping and it sounded like it was rubbing up against something while it was spinning. Now it didnt immidietly kill the program I was running. It was about 20 seconds before I sat it back up and the drive just continued to beep about every 3 seconds or so. But eventually after about 30 seconds my program was terminated because my pc had lost the path to it. And my drive was not showing up on my pc. I first restarted my computer which didnt work so then I unplugged and plugged it back into my pc  which didnt solve the problem so I then cut the power as well before plugging it back up. So now when I plug my external into my usb drive the external powers up like my pc is attempting to read it but it cant. The external makes a soft beep about every 5 seconds for about 25 beeps before it stops while its beeping its also making a soft humming noise like a cd drive would while trying to read a damaged cd its not being able to read the data. My drive doesnt show up under my computer, my device manager, or under computer management.
    Thursday, July 10, 2008 2:05 PM

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    Well I leave my drive on my floor next to my computer and my dog just so happened to knock it over while I was running this program and I noticed my drive was beeping and it sounded like it was rubbing up against something while it was spinning.

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    Your dog ate your data. 

    When your dog knocked your drive over while it was in use (plates spinning and read/write arms moving), what probably happened is that knock caused your read/write heads to actually hit the spinning platter.  Once that happens, your will be at the mercy of data recovery specialist.  Since it sounds as if you have an actual hardware issue at hand, I don't think there are many software tools available to assist--but I could be wrong.

    Monday, March 12, 2012 6:19 AM

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  • It sounds as if your external drive has crashed.  A data recovery specialist might be able to get some of the data back for you, but I doubt that there is anything that you can do yourself to fix it.

    Thursday, July 10, 2008 5:46 PM
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    I have a similar problem to this except that one day my external hard drive wasn't read on my computer, however the light was flashing and the external hard drive was humming. I had thought it crashed until yesterday it started to work again. Today i tried it and it isn't working again. Can anyone help?
    Sunday, July 20, 2008 11:43 AM
  •  melindab_ wrote:

     

    I have a similar problem to this except that one day my external hard drive wasn't read on my computer, however the light was flashing and the external hard drive was humming. I had thought it crashed until yesterday it started to work again. Today i tried it and it isn't working again. Can anyone help?

     

    Your external hard drive is dying.  If you get luck again and it works for a while, use the opportunity to rescue any files you need.

    Sunday, July 20, 2008 11:55 AM
  • Turn the computer off without the external hard drive being plugged in.

    plug the external hard drive in a usb port, power up, the systems post boot up will find the drive and inform windows what hardware is installed.

    When windows boots up, it will look at all the hardware and find the external hard drive, when windows finishes booting up you should be able to see the drive in my computer.

    If you can't access your files,data recovery software can help.I used this one called Tenorshare Data Recovery to retrieve files off crashed HDD and it worked.

    If needed,you can download it and scan your hard drive for free to preview whether your files can be recovered. This tutorial may help.

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    Monday, March 12, 2012 4:19 AM
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    Well I leave my drive on my floor next to my computer and my dog just so happened to knock it over while I was running this program and I noticed my drive was beeping and it sounded like it was rubbing up against something while it was spinning.

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    Your dog ate your data. 

    When your dog knocked your drive over while it was in use (plates spinning and read/write arms moving), what probably happened is that knock caused your read/write heads to actually hit the spinning platter.  Once that happens, your will be at the mercy of data recovery specialist.  Since it sounds as if you have an actual hardware issue at hand, I don't think there are many software tools available to assist--but I could be wrong.

    Monday, March 12, 2012 6:19 AM