100Gb Fujitsu 2.5 inch portable USB drive failure

I have used my Amacom Portable USB drive for three years without any problem, it contains a 2.5 inch Fujitsu 100 Gb drive and has been faultless until now. I connected it to a friend's elderly laptop, running Windows ME, the drive was instantly recognised and functioned well, unfortunately I accidently pulled out the USB cable during a file swapping process and now the drive cannot be recognised in any machine (I've tried 4). Is there anything I can do to rescue the drive, and more importantly, the data.  Thank-you for any assistance you can offer.
Bob BarnesAsked:
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Remove the drive from the USB case and connect it directly to a PC as a 2nd disk. There are 2.5" to 3.5" adapters for this. Then run the disk manufacturer's utility on the disk. If there are no errors or if the tool can fix the errors, boot to windows and if you can't copy the data off, use getdataback to scan the disk, and if it finds your files, register it to copy the data off.

http://runtime.org

If that doesn't help, try running hddreg on the disk, this utility is very good reviving disks, it won't harm it but it can take very long to finish.

http://www.dposoft.net/
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Bob BarnesAuthor Commented:
Thank-you rindi I will let you know how I get on.
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nobusCommented:
try this first, it has helped me on some occasions :
http://drivers.softpedia.com/get/Other-DRIVERS-TOOLS/Others/Sony-EzRecover.shtml 
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Bob BarnesAuthor Commented:
Thank-you nobus, I tried Sony-EzRecover but without success.
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Bob BarnesAuthor Commented:
Hi rindi, have tried an adapter and connencted the drive directly to a PC, but stll no luck. Great bit of kit and have been sidetracked checking out old hard drives. Thanks for the tip. Have asked Fujitsu support for utilities disk and awaiting their reply.
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rindiCommented:
You can download the utilities, or better, download the UBCD, it is included there.

http://ultimatebootcd.com
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nobusCommented:
i doubt the utility works on usb drives...but maybe they have one ready now
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Bob BarnesAuthor Commented:
Hi rindi, I've downloaded UBCD and transfered it to a CD. I've replaced my laptop HD with the faulty one and am working my way through the many options of UBCD, so far none of them have recognised the drive as being present. I'll let you know how I get on.
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rindiCommented:
Does the BIOS see the drive at all?
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nobusCommented:
most dos based utilities do not use usb; see may post above
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rindiCommented:
If I'm not mistaken, he's removed it from the USB case, at least that's what I told him to do.
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nobusCommented:
right, i take above comment back...should have known better rindi
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Bob BarnesAuthor Commented:
When using the faulty drive in place of my laptop's normal drive, the laptop BIOS does not recognise it at all. I've tried all the various HDD recognition and installation programs on the UBCD without success. Do you think it's a hopeless case?
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nobusConnect With a Mentor Commented:
if it is not recognised by the bios, you probably have a problem at the interface, or sector 0 of the platter.
and yes - it sounds hopeless.
If possible, do try on other PC's also
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Bob BarnesAuthor Commented:
I've also tried attaching the faulty drive to a desktop, using the ribbon cable from the motherboard which I removed from the computer's normal bootup HD, via an adaptor because it's only a 2.5 inch drive. So the faulty drive has replaced the normal drive on the final connector of the ribbon cable. I then booted from UBCD but this also resulted in non recognition. I've tried Acronis Disk Director v.10, booted from disk, without success. I guess it doesn't matter what I try, if the BIOS isn't seeing the drive because sector 0 is corrupted, then nothing can help. Does this mean that all the data on the disk is irrecoverable? Shall I give up and move into a monastery? Thanks for all your help anyway.
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nobusCommented:
then you need these guys : http://www.gillware.com/      
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Bob BarnesAuthor Commented:
Thank-you everyone for your efforts but I have resigned myself to the loss of the drive and am reconstituting the missing data onto a new drive, which will be imaged to another external HD.

Once again, thanks for trying.
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Bob BarnesAuthor Commented:
Thank-you for your time and effort, but I'm giving up.
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