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Old 08-31-17, 02:21 PM   #1
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Extracting Data from Damaged External Hard Drive

I have an external Seagate 1TB hard drive that seems to have stopped working. When I plug it in the computer, the drive will start making scratching sounds and it won't create a searchable (letter) drive. I used the MiniTool Partition Wizard and it doesn't seem to do anything at all other than state that is a Bad Drive. I can't access the hard drive so far and I have data on it that I want to recover. Any suggestions on how to do this? Preferably using free software if possible.
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Old 09-01-17, 10:47 AM   #2
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Re: Extracting Data from Damaged External Hard Drive

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I have an external Seagate 1TB hard drive that seems to have stopped working. When I plug it in the computer, the drive will start making scratching sounds and it won't create a searchable (letter) drive. I used the MiniTool Partition Wizard and it doesn't seem to do anything at all other than state that is a Bad Drive. I can't access the hard drive so far and I have data on it that I want to recover. Any suggestions on how to do this? Preferably using free software if possible.
I had the same problem with one of my 1.5TB Seagate drives, although it wasn't making any noises. Try Seagate SeaTools basic tests. Although it wasn't successful with my HDD, after constant powering on/off, I was able to pull all data from the drive. You can also try taking it out of the external case & connect it directly to your computer.
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Re: Extracting Data from Damaged External Hard Drive

Could also try the often repeated solution in tech circles of placing the actual drive in the freezer for an extended period of time, like a few hours, and then try to read the drive. It actually worked for me once when I was an end user tech. Unfortunately I tried multiple other times without success. I think it's more of an urban legend but worth a try when all else fails.
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Old 09-02-17, 08:48 AM   #4
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Re: Extracting Data from Damaged External Hard Drive

Will try each solution and see if either of them are successful. Thanks for the suggestions.
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