Originally Posted by ace123
I had this firelite 120gb external HDD for 4 years before it died today.
Amazon.com: 120GB Firelite Xpress USB 2.0 2.5IN 2.5IN Portable HDD Ext: Electronics
i have tons of pics i took and lots of data from years ago that is precious to me. This external got a switch
that enables usb mode
or external mode
,with usb mode requiring only a usb line,while external mode requiring usb line and a 12v power cord.
i am currently trying the freezer bag+freeze method.the HDD powers up and spins when i connect it to pc thru usb mode
,but device manager doesnt see it,and i've been getting tons of device has malfunctioned message on the notifications but chalked it upto my friend's dead hdd i tried to recover.
now my external hdd is dead,as it doesnt light up,although it powers up and hums,and it's not being detected in devices.
There is too much valuable moments that i will never live again stored on that data,but ive no money to pay $2000 for services.anyone with DIY suggestions that was successful with experiences like mine,please help me.
customer reviews on Amazon (2) bad
- Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004
First of all.... have a place to off-load that DATA to before messing with drive..
Suggestions (all may not apply)
If you haven't done so already:
Remove hd from enclosure -connect direct- no usb cables, etc
Use "powered" option +12v
Try another computer- your ports may be fried if you have not been using the powered +12v option.
(PS: check the specs of how much power the drive uses- then figure in age)
Try another cable
i've been getting tons of device has malfunctioned message on the notifications but chalked it upto my friend's dead hdd i tried to recover.
120gb hard drive and you haven't backed up that data?
So you've been getting tons of error messages, and you have DATA you can't afford to lose on the drive????
(If you do lose the data- you need to talk to that guy in the mirror about that. I know money doesn't grow on trees - but any data that is irreplaceable should be backed up! You can get a 1TB external for $50 shipped.)
PS: Are you saying you installed another hd into enclosure - and now enclosure is dead?
Hooking up to desktop, or laptop?... Going thru powered, or passive hub?
Have you tried a direct connection? (EG: Remove drive from enclosure)
Enclosure might have a "bad" solder- Electronics during use heat up and expand- the cool and contract... Over time joints, especially those that are "bigger" than smaller solder points develop cracks.
Another thought is OS is corrupt- use another computer as I previously suggested, or use a linux distro (Ubantu live cd) to see if you can access the drive.
PS: POST BACK WHAT YOU END UP DOING TO RECOVER THE DATA in detail.
(Translation post back detailed info that you would like to find if you were doing a search)Edited by WeAreNotAlone - 12/31/10 at 11:13am