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Hitachi Hard Drive Data Recovery Questions

Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile
This question is for the HGST (Hitachi) LifeStudio Mobile with 500GB of space and USB 2.0 interface. I am an occasional user of this particular hard drive. I only use it to back up my data every few months or so and then to retrieve some data that I might use for some projects here and there. The problem is that it is was becoming very slow and seems to get even slower for every time that I use it. Eventually it stopped getting recognized altogether. I tried to use the drive with a USB flash drive to make a connection and transfer files but did not work. The unit itself doesn’t make any sound above the normal buzzing when starting up. It creates dismissible warmth (usual for normal use, I suppose) and then it has never been dropped (in fact, it has never left my desk – I’ve been traumatized the last time I dropped a hard drive).

Hitachi LifeStudio Mobile
I have a 500 GB LifeStudio Mobile unit from Hitachi. The drive connects up as normal and I can access the files and folders on the drive but there is a problem. I had backed up photos from the year 2011 onto the hard drive, when I opened the folder all the files was inside but when I try to open the files they won’t open up. I have tried Adobe Photoshop, Windows Paint, Corel Draw etc to open the files but they simply won’t open. I deleted these files from my laptop one year ago so they are not on laptop. Can the files be recovered from the Hitachi mobile disk.