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Data Recovery From A Sata Hard Drive


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#1 wellsi

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 08:42 AM

Hi,

This is my first post on here, so please be gentle!

I am using Win XP Pro and have a couple of 2.5" SATA laptop hard drives that I need to get the data off. I am connecting the drives via an external USB adapter and can see the hard drives (connecting them one at a time) in the device manager and in disk management. However, wheras I can access my "C" drive from disk management, I cannot access the new drive - all the icons are blank.

I'm really stumped as I've never had this problem on an IDE hard drive :thumbsup:

Any help would really, really be appreciated - I have looked for answers on this forum for Viruses, etc. and its always been 100% accurate and helpful :flowers:

Thanks,

Ian
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 08:49 AM

Try assigning a letter to the drive.

Right-click the drive and then click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Add. Click Assign the following drive letter if it is not already selected, and then either accept the default drive letter or click the drive letter that you want to use. Click OK.

How to change drive letter assignments in Windows XP
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 08:55 AM

Hi,

Wow! Fast response! Those are the icons that are blanked out - only "delete partition" and "help" are highlighted. If I delete the partition will this mean that I will not be able to recover the system when I put the drive back into the laptop (the other partition is the recovery partition)??

Any more suggestions???

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 09:06 AM

Deleting the partition doesn't sound like a good idea to me!

You could try PC Inspector, which is a freeware file recovery program.
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 09:33 AM

Is the jumper setting on the USB drive enclosures...correct?

In my limited experience, enclosures call for a jumper setting of Master on the drive, while C/S is a viable option on laptops/desktops (in addition to Master).

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 09:48 AM

This is a SATA drive USB enclosure and doesn't have a jumper setting??

I have downloaded the pc inspector as suggested - thanks :thumbsup: and am currently inspecting the drive. Its going to take approx. 2 hours to scan the drive though, so let's hope it finds the data!

Thank you for your help... unless anyone else has another suggestion?

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 11:20 AM

Hi,

Is there another way of adding a drive letter other than going through the disk management route? If I can get one allocated, it should work right???

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 11:30 AM

What is the make and model of the USB SATA enclosure you are using?
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Posted 11 January 2008 - 11:38 AM

My error :thumbsup:, my memory fades from one post to the next.

Louis




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