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can I resuscitate my expansion hdd.

  1. #1


    UK
    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 x64

    can I resuscitate my expansion hdd.


    I have had a seagate 500gb expansion drive for two years and never had a problem, then yesterday I turned it on, the led indicator lit for a second and the disc started and continued spinning but with no sign of it in file explorer, after several more efforts the same result, I tried other usb sockets then a friends laptop with the same results I am puzzled the way the green LED lights up but for only 0.5 of a second, that together with the seemingly intact rotation of the platter gives me hope but then I know nothing of IT hardware therefore Im hoping that someone can advise me either way whether I may be able to get a quick and (cheapish) repair or if my doom monger friend is correct by suggesting a professional retrieval can be eye-wateringly expensive regardless of the amount of data saved. Again a pre-emptive Thank you to any prospective.

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  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If it just the enclosure that has failed you may be able to remove the drive and slave it in your PC. It's probably a laptop SATA drive.
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  3. #3


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Yeah, looks like the controller went south. The disk is probably still ok.
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  4. #4


    UK
    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 x64


    A belated thankyou people, two positive answers great.
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can I resuscitate my expansion hdd.
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