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I have a Buffalo mini station that I believe has died. It will not mount and will not repair in disk utility. It will not mount in terminal. How can I transfer the files from the dead external hard drive to another external hard drive? Please help before I throw it trough the window. Many thanks

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There are two possibilities.

  1. The disk itself has failed. You now need a high-powered recovery program like Data Rescue, or a service like DriveSavers. Cost is about $100 for the first and $1000 for the second.

  2. The case has a problem. Given that it's a Buffalo case I think this is more likely (their products are rather low quality). Get a new case or a drive dock, open the old case, remove the drive and put it in the new case / dock.

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