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    External hard drive help...

    I have a maxtor external hard drive that somehow got a virus, I took it to my computer guy that usually fixes all my computers. He told me that he couldn't even get to the files, that I would need to take it to a "specialist"
    I took it to a local shop with no luck. I really want to get all my kids pictures that I have saved, anyone have any recommendations, leads, info.. I got this thing to protect all my pics, and this happens!! Help!
    Thanks in advance fellow jeepers!

    Eric

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    There's a great company called "Drive Savers", they have been able to recover files even from drives that have been through fires.
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    Is it just a virus or is the drive failing too?

    If its just a virus you can order a USB to IDE/sata cable and attach it to a pc to run all the virus scans.

    My normal free scan process is
    Malware bytes
    Combofix
    Avg antivirus

    I've had this remove dozens of viruses through my work

    If the drive is failing, while it might sound odd, put it in a freezer bag and the freezer for a few hours. I've had it save a handful of failing hard drives over the years. It's only a temp fix and usually allows the drive to boot up for 30-45 minutes.

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    I am a sys admin, and I would do exactly as Masjk just said above

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    Well it's drive failure too.. The last guy took it all apart so I have all the pcs in a bag...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pastorwug View Post
    There's a great company called "Drive Savers", they have been able to recover files even from drives that have been through fires.
    Thanks ill give them a try if all fails..

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    Quote Originally Posted by NETAAA View Post
    Well it's drive failure too.. The last guy took it all apart so I have all the pcs in a bag...
    If the parts are all in a bag, then let's hope the guy knew what he was doing because a simple virus would of been way easy to remove from the drive. An external drive isn't like your computers drive. Its hard for most virus to run of something that is not OS based.

    If the drive is apart, I'd suspect the arm motor or the plate readers themselves. In that case, the disks themselves should still be good and still be holding your data. The fix? Find the exact same drive (with working arm and reader), take it apart and swap disks. That's what most data recovery shops are going to do. If the disks were corrupted, then a FAT or NTFS scanning software can rebuild the sectors back with correct data, but in some cases a small percentage of the data can be lost if it was overwritten.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuillaumeC91 View Post
    If the parts are all in a bag, then let's hope the guy knew what he was doing because a simple virus would of been way easy to remove from the drive. An external drive isn't like your computers drive. Its hard for most virus to run of something that is not OS based.

    If the drive is apart, I'd suspect the arm motor or the plate readers themselves. In that case, the disks themselves should still be good and still be holding your data. The fix? Find the exact same drive (with working arm and reader), take it apart and swap disks. That's what most data recovery shops are going to do. If the disks were corrupted, then a FAT or NTFS scanning software can rebuild the sectors back with correct data, but in some cases a small percentage of the data can be lost if it was overwritten.

    Good luck!
    Thanks for The replies guys, I'll take a pic of all the parts I have just to give you an idea.. Now that I remember, the problem with the drive wasn't a virus it was malfunctioning.. Sometimes when I would connect it, the computer couldn't read it but after disconnecting and connecting it back it would... After some time though, nothing I did made the computer read it. Even on my laptop.

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    This is what I have left.. Can I buy smthg to connect to it how it is now, and try to fix? Or do I just try to find a company to do it?

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    I'm on my phone so can't read to much on the cable. But this should be what you need.

    http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/det...d=mp1307116937

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