I searched around a bit to find an answer to my issue, but I couldn't find anything.
I have a 160GB Seagate External HDD, model no. ST3160203U2-RK (it's the purse-shaped one). Yesterday I believe it bit the dust, but it powers on, and my computer can almost recognize it. It used to show up as "Seagate (I: )", but now it just shows up as "Local Disk (I: )". When I plug it into the computer, after about 5 minutes, it will be recognized, and if I'm patient enough, I can rarely access some of the files, but there's no feasible way for me to recover the files this way.
I'd like to check the drive itself to see if the files are recoverable, but of course, I need the expensive and rare "Tamper Resistant Torx Plus" wrench to get inside the thing. If there's another way to do this, I'd love to hear it. And yes, I know opening the enclosure will void my warranty. It's three years old, I'd just like to recover the files. Unfortunately, I don't have a recent backup.
So, I have two questions: Is there any solid way to tell, before I spend the money trying to solve my problem, whether the drive is OK, or whether it's the enclosure itself? Secondly, I haven't been able to figure out what kind of drive is inside the thing, so I'm not sure what I'll find out when I get in there; it's possible that I will have another dead end.
Any help I can get would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
Thanks for your reply! I was starting to think that I was out of luck on this issue.
I have tried a different USB cable (one that I know works), and the result was no different.
Unfortunately, the fastener is indeed the five-pointed torx plus head with the pin in the center. This reallly is the main problem, as I'd hate to spend the money on the specialty wrench only to have the drive itself be faulty. The fact that I was able to see the folders after the problem began--even if only for a second--gave me hope, though.
I guess it's time to try to find this wrench at a reasonable price online...