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External hard drive not ready?


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#1 dkwiggin

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 12:09 PM

I had a Presario A900 laptop that broke down a few days ago (motherboard fried like an egg). So I took out the hard drive to recover some info off of it that I need for school this fall, plugged it in with a regular ol' USB adapter, and nothing happened.

I can see it under disk management but that's the only place, and tech support is utterly useless. Help?

EDIT: It's a Western Digital Scorpio 160gig, from a vista laptop, being plugged into another compaq that also runs vista, if that helps

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#2 dkwiggin

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 01:09 PM

Got a screenshot of this thing too

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The one that's not appearing is the second one down, Disk 1

Edited by dkwiggin, 19 June 2009 - 01:10 PM.


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Posted 19 June 2009 - 01:41 PM

That screen reflects that 2d drive as a blank disk, with not even a partition structure on it.

I suggest that you try recovery software of your choice. I recall favorable comments by members here for the two following.

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File Recovery - Home - http://www.recuva.com/

TestDisk - CGSecurity Recovery Program - http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 02:10 PM

I just tried Recuva and here's the problem: It needs to be able to find the disk

It can't do that

Disk management is the only place this shows up

How do I at least assign this thing a letter and a path

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 02:51 PM

Well...first, I'll try to explain why I don't suggest initialization.

Initialization is sometimes required when installing a new hard drive onto a system. My Computer/Explorer can only see/use a hard drive which has been formatted. Initialization is a prerequisite for formatting.

When I've initialized hard drives via Disk Management...what follows (as part of the same process) is formatting. Once a drive is formatted, Windows can recognize it and a letter is assigned.

A hard drive/partition doesn't have a path, files/folders have paths...part of which is the letter designation for the location of all files stored on that partition/drive.

I don't think you want that.

But...if you do, http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?loca...000dd04090aRCRD

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 03:03 PM

I can't do anything else at this point, seeing as I have no way to access my files, and I can't even initialize through disk management. When I try, I get the "disk not ready" message

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Posted 19 June 2009 - 04:04 PM

You can try a different software...recovery softwares are not equal in efficacy.

I mentioned two free ones...but I use a paid one for my troublesome situations. Sometimes...you do get what you pay for.

Other members/visitors here have more experiences with this sort of thing than I, wait for comments from others.

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