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Looks like my external hard drive has failed. It makes some buzzing noise after getting connected but the light doesn't turn on. The windows environment detects the name of the hard drive unit but doesn't show up in either my computer or partition manager.

 

Any idea if there's an easy way to access and recover the files. Many of the codes and results relating to the above were stored in it (thankfully I got some of my code preserved in my local drive, so even if I couldn't recover it'll just be the re run that will be pending).

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13 minutes ago, manueljenkin said:

Looks like my external hard drive has failed. It makes some buzzing noise after getting connected but the light doesn't turn on. The windows environment detects the name of the hard drive unit but doesn't show up in either my computer or partition manager.

 

Any idea if there's an easy way to access and recover the files. Many of the codes and results relating to the above were stored in it (thankfully I got some of my code preserved in my local drive, so even if I couldn't recover it'll just be the re run that will be pending).

The hard drive might still be OK and the controller connected to the USB maybe faulty or the USB in your computer is faulty.

Easiest, to change to another USB port or another computer.

Suggest to prize out the hard drive which is probably a 2.5in SATA unit from the case and install it into another USB HDD adapter and try for the data again.

If windows can't read that, then there's expensive data recovery services to consider.

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29 minutes ago, One and a half said:

The hard drive might still be OK and the controller connected to the USB maybe faulty or the USB in your computer is faulty.

Easiest, to change to another USB port or another computer.

Suggest to prize out the hard drive which is probably a 2.5in SATA unit from the case and install it into another USB HDD adapter and try for the data again.

If windows can't read that, then there's expensive data recovery services to consider.

Thank you. I tried most of the trivial choices, and tried with another PC too. All my other drives work fine in both this and the other PC. I found a decent resource on this topic : https://www.flashbackdata.com/hard-drive-clicking/ . I need to think about recovery services but I don't think I have enough funds for that. Maybe just would have to code a few things again from scratch.

 

Funny that a hard drive is unhappy about assessment of another hard drive!! It shows up on my PC but when I press the eject option most of the time it throws up an error, and in very rare occasions safely ejects the drive. In the device manager, it shows that the driver and device is working properly but I am unable to access any of the storage properties.

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1 hour ago, manueljenkin said:

Thank you. I tried most of the trivial choices, and tried with another PC too. All my other drives work fine in both this and the other PC. I found a decent resource on this topic : https://www.flashbackdata.com/hard-drive-clicking/ . I need to think about recovery services but I don't think I have enough funds for that. Maybe just would have to code a few things again from scratch.

 

Funny that a hard drive is unhappy about assessment of another hard drive!! It shows up on my PC but when I press the eject option most of the time it throws up an error, and in very rare occasions safely ejects the drive. In the device manager, it shows that the driver and device is working properly but I am unable to access any of the storage properties.

Good luck with all that, when you depend on technology the greatest, the more it lets you down 😒

 

For music backups, the drives are turned on and off as needed. After the backup, all power is removed. There's two drives, both portable and are backed up at the same time there's a new album in the library. Tedious sometimes, but I just don't trust portable drives to be on 24/7. The heat buildup eventually ruins them.

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7 hours ago, manueljenkin said:

Unfortunately no, as the player at present doesn't support optimization for external usb drives.

Edit: Quoted wrong post but I'm sure y'all will get it.

 

Exactly, I've seen drives last 2 weeks and I've got a 1TB drive in my server that's been thru 3 systems in 10 years and it's still going strong. This is THE reason you keep backups of important stuff, you never know when somethings going to fail.  I have my music collection in 3 places, 1 in my server, 1 on a 128 GB thumb drive and another on a 128 GB thumb drive at my daughters house 2500 miles away. A bit off subject I know but I've been preaching about backups for 40 years.  Some people still don't get it and some actually get mad when I can't wave a magic wand over their drive and restore their data. 

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8 hours ago, manueljenkin said:
10 hours ago, idiot_savant said:

 

Unfortunately no, as the player at present doesn't support optimization for external usb drives

Why not?

 

as for wear, the “scintillate” process doesn’t write a huge amount of data

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, OldHardwareTech said:

Edit: Quoted wrong post but I'm sure y'all will get it.

 

Exactly, I've seen drives last 2 weeks and I've got a 1TB drive in my server that's been thru 3 systems in 10 years and it's still going strong. This is THE reason you keep backups of important stuff, you never know when somethings going to fail.  I have my music collection in 3 places, 1 in my server, 1 on a 128 GB thumb drive and another on a 128 GB thumb drive at my daughters house 2500 miles away. A bit off subject I know but I've been preaching about backups for 40 years.  Some people still don't get it and some actually get mad when I can't wave a magic wand over their drive and restore their data. 

I do maintain a backup of my most important files. This was a temporary work, so I was waiting to finish it off before backing up and it went off 😅.

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9 hours ago, manueljenkin said:

I do maintain a backup of my most important files. This was a temporary work, so I was waiting to finish it off before backing up and it went off 😅.

 

I wasn't insinuating that you didn't, and I apologize if you took it that way. I tend to "get up on my soapbox" when it comes to backups, and it doesn't help that I have a friend who's drive died this week who got quiet upset with me when I couldn't magically restore his data.  He said "I see them do it all the time on TV, you just take the drive apart and read it manually".  I don't think he really understood just how dense the data on a hard drive platter is even though I tried to explain how unlikely he was to get even part of his data back with a drive head on a popsicle stick. He'll get over it, I have a shrimp boil planned for next Saturday. lol.

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