Today I was organizing some pictures on my passport. Everything was working fine until I went to eject the device. Suddenly, the computer wouldn’t recognize it. When I plugged it in again, it crashed the computer twice and the third time check disk did a scan. Almost all file fragments showed up as unreadable. Eventually, it started deleting orphan files. At this point, the computer crashed.
Now, when I plug it in, the passport starts up (light comes on, I can feel it spinning), but the computer doesn’t recognize it. I’ve tried it on several devices, all running windows 7. Nothing. It also doesn’t show up in any other capacity using the device manager. It w asn’t damaged in any physical way, working fine one second, and then not the next.
Usually, I always do double copies, but at the moment, I’m traveling and was only able to bring one hard drive. These are all my travel pictures, and they mean the world to me. Is there any chance that they could be recovered, and if so, what kind of pricetag am I looking at? Is there any way I could do it myself? I’ve downloaded a free recovery software, but since I can’t even see the disk, it’s not doing me much good.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. If you have any ideas, please let me know. Thanks.