2 TB external HD does not mount any more. How to save it's data?

Bas G. Roufs basroufs at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 18:15:31 UTC 2014


> Oh, the drive is an external USB drive? Smart info often doesn't work on
> those drives.

Yes, it is. 
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> There is a small chance the drive is ok, but the USB electronics in the
> external enclosure have gone bad. Since it sounds like it's out of warranty,
> I would open the case and remove the drive itself and attach it directly to
> a desktop computer to see if the data can be salvaged.

I see no possibility to open the drive, unless I would damage it. However, it is possible that it is a 
USB electronics problem - the drive is about 5 years old - it possibly has been plugged in too 
long.

> However, if gparted can see the drive, theres a good chance the drive is
> dead.

GParted does see the drive - it mentions 'input-output errors'.  
When clicking at 'skip' or 'cancel', it mentions an 'unallocated space'. -- 

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