The 1.5 TB drive is an internal drive. I chose it because I assume it will be much easier to gain access to and remove the platter(s). Am I correct in that assumption? I would use an enclosure( http://www.tigerdire...e...12&csid=_25 ) for the 1.5 TB drive.
Does my failing Maxtor 500 GB external usb hard drive have just one platter? How many platters does the 1.5 TB http://www.tigerdire...e...2&CatId=139 have?
Incidentally, I do backup. I have my backups on 2 drives; the 500 GB Maxtor exernal usb and a 250 GB MyBook external usb. A couple Monday's ago, both external usb hard drives failed at, essentially, the same time. If the 2 failed external hard drives only contained backups, then, I would not have a problem. Unfortunately, though, I have some unique information on each of the aforementioned external hard drives as well. The Maxtor's unique information is backed up to the MyBook and vice versa. I never imagined that both external hard drives, of different age, size, and brand, would unmount from my MacBook( Leopard 10.5.7) and fail to remount at the same time.
I have purchased, and spent a lot of time trying, software(Data Rescue 3; DiskWarrior) means of recovering my data, but my attempts were not successful. I emailed Data Rescue 3 support numerous logs, screenshots, etcetera, related to my attempt at data recovery using their software; however, they have been far less than helpful and have not even responded to my emails. I have also tried to use First Aid and Verify/Repair Disk via Leopard's Disk Utility; both attempts were not successful.
I would like to try a new controller card for the Maxtor; however, the one person I found selling a used Maxtor identical to mine is not local and the one supplier I have found selling controller cards does not have one for my particular Maxtor hard drive. If anyone has any suggestions as to where I might get another controller card for a specific external hard drive I would appreciate hearing them.