Iomega was founded in 1980 and released a volley of storage solutions until its eventual acquisition by EMC and Lenovo. Even though the company is defunct, many users still own old Iomega external hard drives. Iomega drives last long because of their rugged design and durability, but this doesn’t mean the drives are immune to data loss. The guide below will help you perform Iomega external hard drive recovery, safely and without hassle.
How to Fix an Iomega Hard Drive That Is Not Showing Up
To recover data from an Iomega external hard drive, it needs to show up in Windows Disk Management, so that data recovery software can detect and scan the external hard drive. If your drive is not showing up, you will need to fix it.
Given below is a table that lists various reasons why your Iomega external HDD is not showing up in Windows and what you can do to fix it:
Physical or Logical Hard Drive Malfunction
A physical hard drive malfunction is best dealt with by professionals because using the drive can further damage it. A logically damaged hard drive may not be usable, but it will likely be visible in Windows Disk Management. Thus, the drive will be scannable by data recovery tools. You can also fix it using utilities like CHKDSK and TestDisk. To know about the tool and its recovery procedure, read through our TestDisk review.
Depending on the Iomega external hard drive model, it may only draw enough power from a USB 3.0 port or two USB ports. Ensure you’ve connected the drive to the required USB port, ideally one that is directly on the motherboard. Don’t connect the drive to a USB hub.
Damaged Cable, USB Port, or Hard Drive Connectors
It’s common for cables to get damaged after repeated use. Ensure you’re using a good cable, and your drive is connected to a working USB port on your motherboard
Broken Power Adapter
Some Iomega external hard drives, such as the Iomega LDHD-UP, come with a power adapter that is susceptible to damage. Ensure that it’s in working condition and use another one if possible.
How to Recover Data From Iomega External Hard Disk Drives
The best way to retrieve files from an Iomega external hard drive is to use a third-party data recovery program. Your first data recovery attempt will typically be the most successful. Therefore, it’s important to choose only the best data recovery apps to perform Iomega external hard drive data recovery.
Before proceeding with data recovery, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- ❌ Don’t write new files to the Iomega external hard drive.
- ⌛ Attempt data recovery as soon as you can.
- ⚠️ If the drive is making clicking or grinding noises, stop using it immediately and have it examined by a data recovery service.
In this tutorial, we have chosen Disk Drill as our pick for the best Iomega data recovery tool. The software is excellent at external hard drive data recovery, thanks to its advanced data recovery algorithm. Disk Drill is easy to use, and even novice PC users will have no trouble navigating the UI. It is compatible with both Windows (ranging from Windows XP to Windows 10/11) and macOS.
Our Disk Drill review takes a comprehensive look at the program, including info about additional features and pricing plans.
Instructions on how to recover data from an Iomega external hard drive using Disk Drill:
- Download Disk Drill and install the software.
- Connect the Iomega external hard drive to your computer.
- Launch Disk Drill, choose the Iomega HDD from the list, and click Search for lost data.
- Click Review found items to view the recoverable data that Disk Drill has discovered. If you want to retrieve specific file types such as Video, Pictures, Audio, Documents, Archives, and Other, simply click on the relevant option on this screen.
- Tick the files you want to recover, by clicking the checkbox next to them. Disk Drill also displays a preview of the files. Once confirmed, click on Recover. Remember, Windows users can recover up to 500 MB of data at no cost as part of Disk Drill’s free trial.
- Choose a recovery destination in the prompt that appears. It’s recommended that you save the files on a drive, other than the Iomega one. Click on Next.
- Disk Drill will recover the files.
Iomega external hard drive recovery is not difficult due to data recovery software like Disk Drill. But, it’s still recommended that you regularly back up important data in multiple locations so that it’s easier to recover. It will also help in data loss scenarios that occurred due to physical damage and other cases of irreversible data loss.
Manuviraj Godara's interest in technology began as soon as he got his first computer. From Googling how to run incompatible games on his PC to writing about computers for a living, the world of technology has never ceased to amaze him. When he's not obsessing over the latest innovations in the tech world, he likes to spend time listening to his favorite music records.
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