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How to set up a new enclosure on used hard drive.

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January 4, 2013 3:01:59 PM

Hello, recently I have been having problems with my Iomega Prestige 500GB hard drive and came to the conclusion that the USB female inside the enclosure came loose after a fall. The HD worked fine on my computer AND my PS3 until it came loose. I recently bought a new enclosure for the HD and put the two SATA cables on and tried plugging it in to my computer but it keeps telling me I have to Format the the HD before I can use it. I already have pictures, movies, music, etc. on the HD and don't want to lose any of it.
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January 4, 2013 6:19:35 PM

Some enclosures incorporate AES hardware encryption, even if you have not set a password. In such cases you would need to repair the USB-SATA bridge board.

What are the markings on the largest IC on your original bridge PCB?

Could we see the contents of sector 0?

HxD - Freeware Hex Editor and Disk Editor:
http://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd

DMDE (DM Disk Editor and Data Recovery):
http://softdm.com/download.html

Alternatively, try Microsoft's Sector Inspector:
http://www.users.on.net/~fzabkar/SecInspect.zip

If you extract the above archive to the one folder and execute the SIrun.bat file, then this will generate a report file named SIout.txt.
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January 4, 2013 7:17:23 PM

Data Recovery software is your only option. It's very hit-or-miss with this type of software.

The BEST experience I had (tried 12 different ones) was with EASEUS http://www.easeus.com/datarecovery/

I don't know if the Freeware version works well.

Instructions:
1. Hook up the drive you are recovery from (do NOT write, format, or anything destructive to this drive)
2. Ensure a SEPARATE drive has enough space to recover data to
3. Run the EASEUS software and have it do a full scan (several hours)
4. Select whatever it finds (if anything) and COPY to the separate hard drive

I have no idea if your drive is defective of whether the case circuitry it was installed in was defective.

If you get back your data, you can THEN try formatting the drive (FULL FORMAT) and see if it is still usable.

Good luck!
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a c 323 G Storage
January 4, 2013 7:42:50 PM

Data recovery software will be useless at best, and harmful at worst:

Iomega® Prestige™ SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive:
http://go.iomega.com/en/products/external-hard-drive-po...

"AES 256-bit hardware encryption is built-in"

If the drive has physical problems, then thrashing it with all sorts of data recovery software will only accelerate the demise of a weak head.
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