Expansion drive not recognised by Windows

Hi. I’ve got a Seagate 1TB portable expansion drive. To the best of my knowledge it’s not been dropped or kicked or anything, but it’s no longer being recognised in Windows Explorer. The light on the hard drive comes on, the PC makes a little beepy noise to say something’s connected but that’s it. Usually you can feel the drive kick into gear when it connects but nothing now. The drive is almost full and has been working with no problems for over a year. Nothing on there is essential but if I could get it back that would be handy.

A bit of googling has got me to a point where I’m in disk management and that recognises that something is connected but I’m being asked to initialise it. This is the point were any help I’m getting online wants me to buy and download some software, something I’m always wary of. I’m happy to pay if it’s legit and has a chance of success, I guess I just want to make sure this is the right way to go about it.

Two other things, I’m a complete novice when it comes to stuff like this so it’s entirely possible any answers I get will go over my head. Also, my PC is ancient, it’s from 2009 and still on Windows 7. It does what I need which is basically typing or listening to music but how it will fare with trying to fix this, if possible, I have no idea.

Thanks in advance!

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Is it possible to access/recover data from Synology NAS RAID 0 (2 HDDs) with my Windows 10 PC (drives are fine)


It turns out somehow it was RAID 1 instead, I was able to use DiskInternals Linux Reader to navigate to the volume and copy over the files I needed.

I had an old Synology NAS with 2x2TB hdd's in it set up with RAID 0. The power adapter of the NAS died so the NAS itself is dead but the drives are in fine working condition. I was already thinking of updating to a newer NAS with more space so was hoping to just avoid ordering a replacement power adapter and I want to get some of the data off before investigating replacements.

I've already connected the two drives to my Windows 10 PC and I can see the drives in the Disk Management but it's not registering the drives right as it's basically treating them as blank with 100% freespace. I'm assuming I need to somehow configure 'something' to be able to recognize those two drives as being part of RAID 0?

But I don't know if thats even possible? Is there a way for me to be able to access the array as if it were any other volume? Am I going about this problem in the wrong way?

What I've tried, searched, read

I tried googling around a bunch and was skeptical of trying the reclaime or freeraidrecovery tools, and I tried using the Intel Rapid Storage Technology tool, but there were 0 options to actually configure or do anything with that tool, it just gives me information about the drives it detects. I did check my BIOS and saw an option to change from AHCI Mode to RAID Mode but I was concerned about changing that setting with an already installed OS/drives and it didn't look like i could just select these two drives and set just them to be part of a RAID configuration. My Motherboard is an ASUS Z170-A if that is helpful information.


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Some Best Practices for Effortless OneDrive Migrations

In recent years, organizations were searching for the best applications and platforms for real-time collaboration and content sharing, especially after the outbreak of Covid-19 all over the world. Cloud platforms like Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace were in demand more than ever during this time. With no sign of withdrawal of the pandemic, collaboration tools…

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Microsd with IO errors

My wife's microsd had been performing IO errors for a while and never told me. She been taking photos and occasionally they come up black and never told me. Also recently moved photos to the microsd from internal.

I got the microsd and the entire DCIM folder seems corrupt. I tried acronis imaging it wouldn't get em. Tried clonezilla with no luck. Currently doing a ddrescue in hopes to do a testdisk after on ubcd. I'm thinking there may be a chance to salvage some of the photos that got moved recently since old photos likely shouldn't all be overwrite yet? If not many new photos were taken can I testdisk her phone to recover those photos as well? Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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My GF’s computer got infected with a ransomware virus and encrypted personal data

Personal pictures, videos and word/pdf documents got infected or encrypted with a .enfp extension and cannot be opened, viewed or anything anymore. Those pictures and videos really mean a lot to us and we want to recover them, even if we have to reinstall the OS, we want the pictures and videos saved even if everything else needs to get wiped. I would appreciate any advice and help, thank you in advance!

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Iphone 3 data recovery

Iphone 3 data recovery

My dad passed away one decade ago today while I was a teen. I was given his Iphone 3 after he passed because no one knew what to do with it and I never touched it. Fast forward to now and I'd like to see what music he listened to and what photos he had of us on it. The only issue is that the sim card and sim tray are missing. On top of that I have no idea what the password is. I've connected it to my PC via the old charger it came with and found it has around 6 GB of data on it. However, the only folder that shows is the DCIM folder which opens with nothing inside it. I figure this is because the phone is currently locked and says it needs to be activated as there's no sim installed. Is there anything I can do to access those files?


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WD My Passport Ultra – entire folder just disappeared – what can I do?

I was preparing to transfer a huge folder of files from the WD My Passport Ultra external drive to my PC when the entire folder just…. disappeared while I was tabbed to the folder on my PC I was going to transfer it to. I tabbed back to an error (something about being inaccessible, I can't remember) and the folder was just gone. I have hidden folders/files displayed and it's not there. I definitely could not have deleted it because the folder was 300gb and something that large tends to take forever to get removed. The space on the drive is still being shown as occupied but the things aren't there.

Does anyone have a guess as to how that randomly happened? What can I do to get my files back?!

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Top 4 Google Drive Backup Tools in 2021

Google Drive, a popular Google Workspace or G Suite application for storing data online, is very much in demand nowadays. Both personal and business level users access this application from their personal system or mobile devices. But as users are getting used to the cloud platform, they realize the importance of Cloud backup. This is…

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I should recover a deleted video file – is there anything else I should try?

My friend knew my slightly geeky tendencies and gave me a MicroSD memory card from which a specific video has been accidentally deleted. Some mispushes with the camera buttons, apparently.

Now I’ve been scanning the card with various applications in order to recover the video file. By my layman’s logic it shouldn’t have been overwritten since the camera hasn’t been used since the deletion.

So far DataEase has found a strange two-gigabyte .swf file, whose size could be similar to the lost video. But why would it be .swf? Reading r/datarecovery I found some recommendations of R-Studio, which I tried too. The results were equally poor, besides the .swf file was missing.

So could you please help me to figure out what options I have left. Is there any other info you would need? If R-Studio doesn’t find a file, does it exist at all? Should I try still some other application? Should I consult a professional and do they have more powerful recovery software than R-Studio?

What looks strange to me is that by file names it looks like the lost file hasn’t ever been in the card at all. The file names don’t skip a single number (e.g. 045.mpg, 046.mpg, 047.mpg) while the creation date indicates that there should (or should there) be a missing number for the lost file. Would that have anything to do with the scan results? Should I double-check that I was actually given the right memory card? (Which would be as ridiculous as it sounds, of course.)

Thanks in advance!

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