Recover Data From Hard Drive That Won't Mount

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by CGagnon, Jun 18, 2009.

  1. CGagnon macrumors regular

    CGagnon

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    Long story short I dropped my 500GB Maxtor external HD (which is really just an internal HD in a chase). The drop was about 3 ft. It was not on so I don't think there will be much damage to the disk, but it no longer mounts. I was wondering if anyone could think of a way to get the disk to mount so I can recover files saved to it. I have Tech Tools, and Data Rescue II to recover the drive but as long it is not being recognized by the computer those applications are useless.

    Thanks,
    CGagnon
     
  2. CGagnon thread starter macrumors regular

    CGagnon

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    Thanks for the reply. Sorry, I didn't see that thread before. I feel like the disk is still undamaged though because it was not spinning when it was dropped. What about swapping the disc with a working drive? I realize this could render another drive unusable as I can never work in a dust-free environment but some of the stuff on the drive I am not prepared to lose but not willing to spend hundreds of dollars to retrieve professionally. There has to be some way for the computer to find the drive.

    Thanks again,
    CGagnon
     

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