Diagnostic/repair of EXTERNAL IEEE HD without Windows

Posted on 2005-03-13
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Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I have a flaky (as usual) Seagate external 300 MB HD on firewire. Looking for diagnostic utilities/repair utilities which will recognize firewire devices without booting windows. I cannot install Norton System Works on my PC and Spinrite can't see the drive. Seagate's own "SEADISK" cannot see the drive either.

Any joy?


Question by:jfglass
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ID: 13529902
You might be able to see the drives by using the UBCD


The CD itself does have some disk utilities on it, but probably not those you need. You can customize the CD, though. If your drive gets recognized using the UBCD, you could have a look at the following tools and use them with your disk.

Free for restoring one file at a time. Is supposed to work really good.
PC Inspector:
OnTrack DataRecovery:

I'd suggest something else, though. Remove the disk from the firewire case and connect it as a normal IDE disk to your PC, then use the tools above to get extract your data.
Other Data Recovery Tools:

Author Comment

ID: 13531430
Ontrack's stuff is just the Seagate relabeled.  What I am looking for is (say) a DOS disk with IEEE/USB drivers on it...
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rindi earned 500 total points
ID: 13532042
Well, try the UBCD, and if that doesn't work, then you probably won't find anything usefull with such drivers. Also loading drivers in Dos normally uses up a substantial amount of Dos's limited memory and you may not be able to run any programs after that. Since it is very easy to remove most such drives temporarily from those casings, and most of the drives used are normally standard IDE drives, it is easiest to just remove that drive from that case and connect it like a normal "slave" drive to a normal PC. Then you won't need any special drivers when booting up.

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