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The 7 - Random - So my external hard drive fell (uh-oh)
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#1 Posted on 25.7.04 2104.40
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I haven't had any luck finding a solution or even an explanation through google, so I guess i'll turn to the-w.

I had my external hard drive placed on top of my CPU tower on my desk. I bumped into the desk by accident the other day and the drive fell off the CPU and onto the desk. It was about a 14 inch drop. None of the wires got unattached either, and it didn't seem like a big crash. Though since then, my computer hasn't been recognizing it. I've unplugged and replugged the USB many times, shut down the computer, turned the hard drive off and on again, but still no luck. This worries me, and I'm wondering if the drive is totally dead or what, since I had a bunch of stuff backed up on there. My last hope, if all else fails is to open up the case and connect the hard drive directly (internally) to see if that works.

It's an 80GB Iomega HDD for those curious.

Anyone have any ideas, suggestions?
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#2 Posted on 25.7.04 2153.22
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My Maxtor 100 GB external came with some software, and (I'm guessing) driver components that I needed to install before I could use it. If your HD came with any, you might consider uninstalling that, and reconnecting the drive as if it were brand new, going through the entire process again. Although if it asks you to reformat, I would definitely say NO, as you don't want to lose your already saved data. I'm no computer expert though, just my suggestion.
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#3 Posted on 25.7.04 2224.37
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You might want to open it up to see if the cords inside disconnected.
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