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Buffalo Hard Drive Dropped

Buffalo HD LXU3 hard drive photoI have a Buffalo HD-LXU3 external hard drive (I think 2TB) that was unfortunately dropped whilst moving house. It now simply doesn’t turn on.
Roughly how much would it cost to recover the data from the drive? Do you still charge if recovery is unsuccessful?

Uh-oh, dropping a hard drive is never a good thing, and moving house is a time when many things are dropped and broken. If the whole unit doesn’t power on as you say then perhaps the power supply is damaged. If this is correct, then all you need to do is remove the hard drive from its case and attach it directly to a computer via a SATA-to-USB cable. If the hard drive is working you’ll then be able to read the data from the hard drive. If this doesn’t work then your external hard drive has a more severe problem and you will need to get in touch with a data recovery company. Some data recovery places do not charge if they are not able to recover your data. Other will charge a small handling fee which covers their costs whilst others will charge the whole amount whether or not they can recover your data.

Nokia 925 Phone Freeze

My Nokia 925 stopped backing up my data many months ago when it updated its software. The phone started getting really hot whenever I plugged it into my car charger, and eventually the phone would freeze, especially if I was used a navigation app. The only way to get it to start again was with a soft restart. The battery seemed to hold less and less charge. One day I attached it to my computer to try to back it up, the computer recognized it for about 5 seconds, then the phone went off and has never come back on again, even though the windows icon flashes when it is plugged in. I brought it to a cell phone repair shop, and they tried to put in a new battery, but the phone still won’t start and when the new battery is plugged in the windows icon won’t even flash.

Although the Nokia 925 Lumia was released about 3 years ago, it is well supported. My advice would be to seek out a phone recovery company and see if they can help to retrieve the data. Phone data recovery is a specialist form of data recovery, which is primarily for recovering the data from computer hard drives. Not all data recovery companies can rescue the information from phones though so be sure to check with them before you send your phone in.

Seagate No Longer Detected

My Seagate Backup Plus Slim 1TB drive is no longer detected by Windows after it was knocked onto the floor. Can hear a beeping sound follow by no spinning noise. Windows detects the drive in Device Management but not in explorer or Drive Management. No computer can get the drive to appear in Explorer. There should be no less than 300GB of data on the drive.

It’s not surprising that your Seagate drive is no longer detected. The beeping noise tells me that the drive is being physically prevented from spinning as a result of it being knocked to the floor. Stiction or a broken motor are the things that could prevent the hard drive spinning. It’s not important to find out which of these problems your hard drive has. Both problems are sufficiently complicated that they require a data recovery company to sort them out if retrieving the data is important.

Written by Betty

October 14th, 2016 at 11:49 am