Maxtor external HD died... what should I do to retrieve files?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by swingline, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. swingline macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2005
    I have a Maxtor One Touch II external HD that hasn't been functioning but I need some files from it. When I power it on I can hear a slow clicking noise. Should I open the external casing and hook up the HD as a secondary HD on another desktop? What other methods are there? Thanks in advance!
  2. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    If you value your data, you should _always_ keep backups of it.

    Even so, unplug the drive! The more you use it the less chance you have of recovering files from it. Then, either go to a specialist (very expensive) or try some software, irc DiskWarrior is a good one.

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