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September 17, 2013 12:53:50 PM

Hey, so last night my external hard drive (Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex 1TB, USB 3.0) just decided to stop working on me. I was using it yesterday morning with no problems. I can't think of anything that I did that would provoke my hard drive to just stop working. Unfortunately, this contains basically all of my files except actual programs such as Adobe CS6 Suite, Microsoft Office, etc. So all of my iTunes movies, Graphic Design work, documents, etc. are all on my external hard drive. Please let me know if you can help! This hard drive contains everything!

This is what know:
When I connect it, the small light turns on on my Seagate and I can hear the fan spinning inside like it normally does. I am using a MacBook Pro so when I look in my Finder Window, under devices, nothing appears. I have even plugged in my father's external hard drive and that appears. So I'm pretty sure it's not my MacBook. I have the Seagate External HDD formatted to Mac OS (Journaled) and when I look under "Disk Utility" it is there but not how it normally does. Usually it says "1 TB Seagate FreeAgent..." and then under it there is a submenu that says "RIRIE 1TB." Now when I look at it, it only says "1 TB Seagate FreeAgent..." with no submenu. Ever since last night, I have tried to reconnect it and sometimes, after about 2 minutes of being plugged in, a pop-up window will appear which states:

"The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer."

This is basically all I know about my problem. I hope this is enough information for your help! If you need more answers, please ask away and I will be more that happy to answer with the knowledge I have. Thank you in advanced!
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September 17, 2013 4:37:17 PM

Rule #1 is that you never want your important data stored in just one place. The more the merrier.
I like to make 2 backup copies (or more) that way should the primary drive die, I still haven't violated rule#1.

In you situation You can try data recovery software. I don't do Mac so hopefully someone else will chime in shortly with something that works well.
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September 19, 2013 3:16:34 PM

popatim said:
Rule #1 is that you never want your important data stored in just one place. The more the merrier.
I like to make 2 backup copies (or more) that way should the primary drive die, I still haven't violated rule#1.

In you situation You can try data recovery software. I don't do Mac so hopefully someone else will chime in shortly with something that works well.


I've tried doing a data recovery software, but my hard drive doesn't even appear to be worked on... if that makes sense haha thanks for your reply btw

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February 22, 2014 1:31:44 PM

Steven

If you found a solution, can you please post it here. I have a similar problem since yesterday. The files on the drive do not show up through spotlight and I've tried everything to access it, but since i can't see the files, I can't reinstall the driver. In addition, ever since my Seagate 1TB external drive has contained data over 600GB capacity, when I plug it in, it suddenly maxes out the system and disk drives on my MacBook Air meaning there is no application memory and the finder wants to shut down. Why is it doing this? I've contacted Seagate and a local data recovery center but have yet to hear from them. What is your back up plan now? Do you store all of your tunes on a separate ipod now?

Hope to hear from you.. or other Mac users with a suggestion.

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April 28, 2014 11:31:05 PM

rocksichord said:
Steven

If you found a solution, can you please post it here. I have a similar problem since yesterday. The files on the drive do not show up through spotlight and I've tried everything to access it, but since i can't see the files, I can't reinstall the driver. In addition, ever since my Seagate 1TB external drive has contained data over 600GB capacity, when I plug it in, it suddenly maxes out the system and disk drives on my MacBook Air meaning there is no application memory and the finder wants to shut down. Why is it doing this? I've contacted Seagate and a local data recovery center but have yet to hear from them. What is your back up plan now? Do you store all of your tunes on a separate ipod now?

Hope to hear from you.. or other Mac users with a suggestion.



Same Problem here, this isn't the first time it has happened to me! and this time i have a new iMac,,, i use an external all the time, and all of a sudden yesterday it just didn't recognise it and said it needs formatting... how annoying then it has 3tb of unbacked-up data on it... please can anyone help?? is there a way to repoint the drive as such, perhaps fix the files that would have corrupted? and amazing programs like that out there??
thanks in advance, Chris
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