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Need to recover data from multiple seagate drives, any ideas?

I have multiple seagate drives that I have bought over the last 4 years for back-up. Each one fails within a year and leaves me in trouble because I have to buy a new one and install it then copy everything to the new one. During our move, the harddrive on my pc failed but I had my data on a functioning seagate external drive. I bought a new harddrive and when I went to move the data to the new drive, the seagate failed to be recognized like the others. Any ideas on how to recover my data. Having a back-up is great but seagate back-ups have short lives and are very unstable. Any suggestions for my next easy to use back-up device. I have a 500 GB and two Tera Byte seagate drives with data and can not access it. I am taking my failed new internal drive to a local facility to get the data off it, I hope. Whatever happened to Norton Utilities and software that can help recovery drives that appear to have gone bad?
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  1. With that many lost drives, I'd start suspecting some other hardware causing the problem like a bad sata controller (or driver), ,bad sata cable, bad motherboard, or bad power supply. To test this theory, stop buying seagate drives. Try a WD drive or one from another manufactuer. If it fails too, I'd be really suspect of some other issue going on.
  2. Hawkeye22 said:
    With that many lost drives, I'd start suspecting some other hardware causing the problem like a bad sata controller (or driver), ,bad sata cable, bad motherboard, or bad power supply. To test this theory, stop buying seagate drives. Try a WD drive or one from another manufactuer. If it fails too, I'd be really suspect of some other issue going on.


    Thanks for your response. I believe the machine that caused one drive and the internal drive had one of the problems you listed. Unfortunately, I have multiple machines including a brand new Window 8 Lenova and none of the machines can access any of the drives. Any ideas on how to access the drives for data recovery?
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    Assuming the bios can see the drive, the only suggestion I have is to try a (linux) live cd that has data recovery software on it and give it a go.
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