I have an external USB hard drive that I used to use for backup that has not been used in about a year. I tried to use the other day and it does not seem to work properly.
Upon plugging in the external HD into the USB port, the typical windows sound goes off. But it takes 5+ minutes for the actual HD to then pop up in windows explorer.
The drive spins fine, but seems to read data well, with what would seems ver little effort although the data light does flash. Eventually I get a message that the drive is not accessible.
I can safely eject the drive still even after this message, which is quite strange.
I've tried different PC's/and Macs as well with the same issue, as well as different USB cables.
To make a long story short, there is data I need recovered from this drive, although not much data (maybe 300mb worth) I could probably pop the drive out of its case and make it an internal drive to test myself further. But I would rather prevent issues that could further impact data recovery in a hopeful attempt to get most of it back.
So in conclusion, I would like to get an idea from those that may have had professionals do data recovery, and if the recovery was successful and maybe any other additional thoughts on similar situations. Thanks.