Posted 01 December 2008 - 12:31 AM
Not sure if this is in the correct forum or not. I apologize if it is not. It's sort of an internal to external hardware problem.
Recently my laptop's hard drive (a Western Digital Scorpio) crashed on me. I ended up getting a new one and I'm already up and running on it. However, I have some very important files I would desperately like to recover from my old drive.
A friend of mine had an issue with a crashed HDD and was able to get data off of it by getting a USB disk enclosure for it so it mocked as an external hard drive. So I bought one.
However, when I hook it up to my computer, it takes a while to recognize it, and once it does and I try to access it stalls and if Windows Explorer doesn't crash I get a pop-up that says the drive is not formatted and asks me if I'd like to do so (which I obviously don't, I want to recover the data).
I've tried accessing it in safe mode and Windows Explorer crashes there as well.
Is there anything else I can do? I'm not yet ready to accept I've lost everything until I've exhausted every option trying to get my stuff back.
Thank you so much in advance. Your help is greatly appreciated!
Also, if it's important... I've got a Dell Inspiron E1505 and I'm running Windows XP Pro with SP2.