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How do i open a inactive hard disk

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August 31, 2011 7:22:40 AM

my hard disk was active but now inactive and i am unable to open it, how can i get it open without formatting it cause it has important things like college projects and assignments, plz help me email me at briander_101@yahoo.com and have open hard disk as a subject
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August 31, 2011 2:53:34 PM

Hi, first of all don't post your email on public forums unless you love getting tons of junk mail. Nobody here will bother to email you anyway.

Is this an internal or external drive?

if it's an internal, refer to disk management section of the computer management console

if it's an external, have you checked that the power is connected? do the status LED work if any?

lastly you can try recovery software like
Free data recovery software:
-Recuva
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August 31, 2011 3:21:31 PM

briander said:
my hard disk was active but now inactive and i am unable to open it, how can i get it open without formatting it cause it has important things like college projects and assignments, plz help me email me at briander_101@yahoo.com and have open hard disk as a subject


You don't do backups???

If you did, you would already have a copy of all your projects and assignments. Sometimes we have to learn the hard way.

Posting email addresses will get your post deleted by a mod. Don't do it.
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September 2, 2011 2:52:25 AM

Go to device manager and scan for new devices.

Desktop?Laptop?Internal?External?Sata?USB?IDE?......

More info needed.
September 7, 2011 8:46:19 AM

briander said:
my hard disk was active but now inactive and i am unable to open it, how can i get it open without formatting it cause it has important things like college projects and assignments, plz help me email me at briander_101@yahoo.com and have open hard disk as a subject


Hey Briander;

There aren't many details on what you mean by "inactive" but I can try to help by relaying problems and solutions I've had with hard drives.

1. I once had a drive go "invisible" in windows (although it was recognized by the device manager) and after a lot of frustrating dead-ends I ended up reviving it by running a top rated 3rd party defragmentor. Just prior to this I had used the on-board defrag so this was the last thing I expected. Evidently some defragmentors are more thorough than others because the 3rd party defrag reported the drive as severely fragmented. Long story short, the drive was revived by running the 3rd party defrag . If your drive is recognized by the device manager get s free trial and see if it resolves your situation:

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2. Another problem I encountered was resolved by changing out what ended up being a faulty cable. Test your drive for a faulty cable by plugging the cable into a drive that currently works.

3. Similar to #2 I once "fixed" my drive by switching to a different port on the mother board. Turns out the drive was fine and it was the mother board port that went bad.


Hopes this helps

Cheers!
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