Ok I have a 160GB External hard drive. I turned it on and nothing happened. The light was on and it just kept clicking the same pattern over and over. Then (this was on my Windows XP Comp) an error came up "Data Error (cyclic redundancy check)."
I don't know what that means. So wondering what would happen I tried it on my new iMac and Disk Utility came up. But it didn't recognize it.
How can I bring this drive back to life. I really don't want to lose all of the stuff on it. Many of the things on it are for college and still need to be accessed.
P.S. scanned it for viruses, adware and spyware and came up with nothing.
DO NOT take it to any Box store - they will just rip you off and copy all your stuff.
is/has your HD been making any strange sounds? (clicks and such)
What make is the HD? each company has a HD diagnostic software
If its a slave, then after its connected does it show up on your "drive" list?
That's generally not a good sign. If you are serious about getting your data back do not run chkdsk or any other file recovery programs. Just by examining the disk, they can make things worse. If your data is worth money to you, you might have to talk to a forensic data recovery company. Expect to pay $$$ though.
BTW: Does anyone else think we need a "Fix my computer" sticky, like the the Autoshop one?