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I was doing a HDD clone to an external hard drive. The computer froze and had to be reset. Now my external doesnt show up in "My Computer." It makes the noise and then shows the little safe to remove icon, but i cannot access it at all. Any tips on what I might be able to do to fix this would be appreciated.

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Burf

Best Answer 7 years ago

I would guess you have screwed up the formatting on the HDD. Open the disk manager and see if it shows up there. If so, you can reformat it in NTFS but be aware you are going to lose all the data on the disk.
I had a similar problem on an ext. HDD I bought at a yard sale. I removed the disk drive from the enclosure and installed it in an empty HDD bay in an old PC and started up the PC. Disk manager recognized the second HDD and I was able to format it. I then put back into the external enclosure and it worked perfectly.

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NativeSs

7 years ago

Just so everyone knows, I quit working on it for a while... and after downloading low level formatting software i was able to repair the drive.

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Vyger

7 years ago

In addition to what Burf said its also possible that the USB controller in the external case has gone bad. That could be why it locked up while running. Usually they either will not start and be recognized or will not allow any data transfer to begin. To die in the middle of a transfer is a bit more unusual. If it is the controller you can still use the drive, you just need to get another enclosure.

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NativeSsVyger

Answer 7 years ago

I actually had to remove the stock casing due to a broken connector. I got a SATAwire for it. I got it to format in my linux, but I still cannot access it on the windows vista. any other ideas?

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VygerNativeSs

Answer 7 years ago

Windows can't read linux partitions, so it has to be partitioned with a windows partition such as NTFS, or FAT 32. Windows can do the partitioning or you can use third party software. Once its formatted in a Windows type format there should be no trouble accessing it.
If your doing a direct clone the clone software should remove all partitions and then replace them with the ones from the drive you are copying. It would then be identical and you could boot off it. There is one thing with Windows 7 though, when you clone a drive even though its an exact copy Windows 7 will not initially boot. It will put up a screen and complain. You need to let it do a repair of the drive and after that it boots like normal.