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Dead Buffalo External Hard Drive - Need Recovery Advice

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June 30, 2014 6:07:45 PM

One of my external Hard Drives has died. I'd like to recover the data if I can & put it on another hard drive. I've googled & it looks complicated as hell. But I remember back in the day putting a hard drive in a new enclosure & it working. Have things got more complicated since then?

The Hard Drive is a Buffalo External 2TB with no encryption. And it fails to light up (so not turning on?) or be recognised by the PC. I've tried swapping the power cords with other Buffalos I have that are working but it doesn't help. I've also tried swapping USB cord. But I figure the lack of an on-light means it is deceased.
a b G Storage
June 30, 2014 6:13:16 PM

Things are still the same - you can remove the hard drive inside and put in inside another enclosure. Better yet, if you have the necessary connections, you can remove the hard drive and connect it to your computer and see if the drive still works.
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June 30, 2014 6:29:09 PM

ThatVietGuy said:
Things are still the same - you can remove the hard drive inside and put in inside another enclosure. Better yet, if you have the necessary connections, you can remove the hard drive and connect it to your computer and see if the drive still works.

If I remove it what cable would I need? Also the fact that it isn't powering on is that going to be a problem?
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a b G Storage
June 30, 2014 6:34:37 PM

It could either be a dead HDD or a dead enclosure.

And the drive inside is PROBABLY a SATA drive so you'd need a SATA data cable to connect to the motherboard and SATA power to connect to the power supply.
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June 30, 2014 8:13:35 PM

ThatVietGuy said:
It could either be a dead HDD or a dead enclosure.

I would still suspect it's just a bad enclosure. As suggested above you can try removing the drive out of the enclosure and put it to another SATA-USB enclosure/adapter or you could simply connect the drive directly to your PC via an available internal SATA port.

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July 1, 2014 10:23:25 AM

trekzone said:
ThatVietGuy said:
It could either be a dead HDD or a dead enclosure.

I would still suspect it's just a bad enclosure. As suggested above you can try removing the drive out of the enclosure and put it to another SATA-USB enclosure/adapter or you could simply connect the drive directly to your PC via an available internal SATA port.


My hard drive is 2Gb usb 2.0. It is this one.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0036B78BO/ref=wms_o...

Can one of you tell me would the enclosure I've linked to below would be appropriate? Also, I'm assuming this is a 3.5 inch HDD. Would that be correct? I tried to look it up on the Buffalo website but it is an old drive (from 2011) so the information is minimal & doesn't state whether it is 2.5 or 3.5 inch. Will the fact that the enclosure is usb 3.0 be problematic?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00BHARA6O/ref=ox_sc...

Thanks for the help so far everyone
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a b G Storage
July 1, 2014 6:33:19 PM

The hard drive inside is 3.5" and should work in the enclosure you linked. I just hope it is the enclosure's fault that the drive isn't working, otherwise you will have wasted money on an enclosure for nothing.
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July 4, 2014 4:35:53 AM

UPDATE
I've put the drive in the enclosure I linked to above & everything is hunky dory again. Thanks to everyone for helping. It is very much appreciated.
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a b G Storage
July 4, 2014 7:40:23 AM

Good to hear. Just make sure to pick the best solution.
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