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Trying to access data from an old HDD


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#1 rexbenefit

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 01:33 AM

Hi All,

I have a pair of Seagate Barracuda SATA HDD's from my old system that I was trying to access some of the data (music files). I bought a Thermaltake BlacX docking station and it will not allow me to access the drive without formatting. Is there a way I can access this old data?

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 01:55 AM

well, the easiest solution that comes to mind is does your current computer have an internal IDE connection? if so, just plug them into it. if your current man drive is IDE, just slave the old drive(s) into it, if its sata, then make sure the pin is set to master one one and slave on the other and the computer should do the rest. if not, well what you might try is plug in the docking station (I assume you already have the driver installed) when it asks you to format, say no, then go to my computer, right click the drive icon, and click explore, and see if that works. seems to me that that worked once for me on one hard drive in an external enclosure once.

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 02:13 AM

I just tried going to My Computer/explore and it says I need to format the drive. I will look into the other way next. I think my current HDD may be IDE. It's a newer HP system.

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 02:17 AM

depending how new it is, it may not most new systems have gone to SATA, and most premade dont even have an IDE connection. and some external enclosures do require you to reformat the drive, don't ask me why. another option is to simply dig up a dinosaur of a computer and put them into it and transfer everything via USB drive or home network. Just out of curiousity though, whats the jumper settings on the hard drives set to when you plugged the enclosure to the computer?

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 02:21 AM

I don't see a setting on these drives. There is no jumper in the 4 pins? They were set up in a RAID 0 configuration in the old system. EDIT: These drives do not require a jumper. Factory use only. I had a pair of them in RAID 0 configuration in the old system.

Edited by rexbenefit, 29 November 2009 - 03:02 AM.





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