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Solved can I resuscitate my expansion hdd.


gervaise

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#1
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 I’m 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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    4gb
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    Onboard Intel HD4000
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    Up to 50MB if you believe Usain Bolt & Dick Branson.

alphanumeric

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#2
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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whs

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#3
Yeah, looks like the controller went south. The disk is probably still ok.
 

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gervaise

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#4
A belated thankyou people, two positive answers great.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer aspire E1-571
    CPU
    i5 3230m
    Memory
    4gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Onboard Intel HD4000
    Internet Speed
    Up to 50MB if you believe Usain Bolt & Dick Branson.