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Old 30-12-2012, 12:00
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I have reformatted my PC and transferred all of my data onto a portable USB Hard Drive.

Part of the Hard Drive broke yesterday when I tried to transfer everything back, and it stopped spinning and was damaged.

Since then, I have replaced the circuit board on the hard drive and it has started spinning again. When I plug it into the computer, it says it is installed but a new driver doesn't come up on the computer screen.
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Old 30-12-2012, 12:19
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Did you replace the PCB with an absolutely identical one?
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Old 30-12-2012, 14:30
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Yes, as far as I can tell.

It certainly started the disk spinning again.
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Old 30-12-2012, 14:43
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Try the external hard drive on a different machine. I assume you've tried connecting it internally to the PC instead of via USB?

But the best option right now is to run a file recovery tool on the PC hard drive as soon as possibly. You might still recover all/most/none of your data. The free 'Recuva' or not-free 'Recover My Files' are a good place to start.

And remember, two backups are better than one.
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Old 30-12-2012, 14:55
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Tried to do it on 4 different machines and it's the same on all of them.

It says it has installed it but nothing pops up to say it is there.
It doesn't become visible.

I've tried an IDE to SATA converter but that hasn't worked either.
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Old 30-12-2012, 14:58
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Find a machine to connect it with directly instead of using the IDE/SATA convertor. It's just one more thing to rule out.

What shows up in Device Manager and Disk Managment (run diskmgmt.msc)?
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Old 30-12-2012, 15:55
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In Device manager it shows the drive as normal "USB 2.0 SATA Drive" but it will not show up in My Computer as a drive.

If you go into properties of the drive under 'Device Manager' it says it is working fine and 'ready to use'.

This has happened on Windows 7 before and when plugged into an XP machine it finds it, but it will not find it this time.

I don't think the disk can be completely failed if it is spinning, and showing up in the Device Manager?
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Old 30-12-2012, 15:59
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Under Disk Management it says "Disk 2 (Not Initialized)" and when you try to initialize it, it says the disk is not ready.

It's also not being read by the BIOS.
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Old 30-12-2012, 16:31
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Forget about it for the time being and concentrate on running the file recovery software. The longer you leave it, the less chance of recovery.
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Old 30-12-2012, 16:32
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An external USB drive is unlikely to show up in the BIOS. that will usually only show internal drives. So nothing to worry about on that score.

I get the feeling that the drive has no file system on it or at least none that Windows recognises. Or it is still faulty. In Disk Manager does it show the capacity of the drive at all?

It is possible that to make Windows recognise it you will have to create a partition on the drive and format it. That may well make it difficult to recover any data from it. Assuming there is any to recover.
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Old 30-12-2012, 16:54
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There is 280GB of data to recover from it.
None of it is completely irreplaceable by any means, it's mostly leisure stuff. It's more of an inconvenience than anything else.

The hard disk itself has no operating system on it, just the files which I transferred onto it temporarily.

We can't create on a partition on it or format it because Disk Management says it isn't initialized and when we try to initialize it, it says "not ready"
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Old 30-12-2012, 17:11
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In Disk Manager in the grey area at the left hand end of the section for this drive does it say "Offline"? If so try right clicking on that area and select "Online" and see if that makes any difference.
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