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    • roytom
    • By roytom 7th Dec 17, 2:25 PM
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    Seagate USB external hard drive not visible
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    • 7th Dec 17, 2:25 PM
    Seagate USB external hard drive not visible 7th Dec 17 at 2:25 PM
    No longer visible by windows.
    It’s an older Freeagent (500gb) drive that stands vehicle with a mini usb socket (not micro). It goes back a few years at least.
    It’s powering up but I cannot discover it on windows - it illuminated orange strip lights up.
    My friend said he could hear a clicking sound which I seem to recall from the past is bad news.
    Any chance of recovering the data stored on it?

    Thanks
    Last edited by roytom; 07-12-2017 at 2:53 PM. Reason: update
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    • zagubov
    • By zagubov 7th Dec 17, 4:02 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 4:02 PM
    • #2
    • 7th Dec 17, 4:02 PM
    No longer visible by windows.
    Itís an older Freeagent (500gb) drive that stands vehicle with a mini usb socket (not micro). It goes back a few years at least.
    Itís powering up but I cannot discover it on windows - it illuminated orange strip lights up.
    My friend said he could hear a clicking sound which I seem to recall from the past is bad news.
    Any chance of recovering the data stored on it?

    Thanks
    Originally posted by roytom
    More info please.
    Was it ever visible on the same USB socket on the same computer you're using it on now?
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    • roytom
    • By roytom 7th Dec 17, 8:15 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 8:15 PM
    • #3
    • 7th Dec 17, 8:15 PM
    Ta, yes always visible there before.

    I’ve looked at the YouTube vids on fixing a jammed hard drive and if needs be I’ll dismantle the drive as a total last resort.
    • googler
    • By googler 7th Dec 17, 8:47 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 8:47 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 8:47 PM
    Yes, take the drive out of the USB caddy and connect it directly to your motherboard as an internal secondary drive (assuming you have a desktop PC available - put it in another caddy if you don't)
    • roytom
    • By roytom 7th Dec 17, 8:52 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 8:52 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 8:52 PM
    I’ll give that a go, I have a stand-alone usb external hard drive connector I can try first.
    • were
    • By were 7th Dec 17, 10:04 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 10:04 PM
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    • 7th Dec 17, 10:04 PM
    those old drives they were heavy on power usage. if you used a normal long usb cable they would not work, or keep spinning up and down.

    They were supplied with short fat-ish cables

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    If the disk is still not recognisable and you have to open it, hopefully is a sata drive with a usb addon, and not a bespoke usb only one. If it is sata plug it into your motherboard
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