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Recovering Data SATA Drive


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#1 cwbys4evr

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 01:27 PM

I am using a just purchase SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter to connect to a Desktop running Windows 7. The first time I hooked it up the drive was recognized by the system and said it was installed correctly. However in Windows Explorer I could not find it and it made the computer run extremely slow and sluggish. It's hard to exaggerate how sluggish it was. As soon as I unplug the USB connector the computer works fine. I need data off this drive. Any ideas ??

EDIT: Merged with other post, same topic ~ Hamluis.

Edited by hamluis, 02 April 2010 - 02:31 PM.


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Posted 01 April 2010 - 07:53 PM

I'm trying to recover data from a laptop SATA drive via USB. The drive when connected makes my computer work sluggishly, and I can't seem to find the drive to navigate to. I'm a brand new Windows 7 user, so maybe I'm going to the wrong place but Windows key-E always did the trick before. I can go to Device Manager and see the drive there but I can't find any way to navigate to it to recover my files. It does the same thing with an old IDE drive. Please help these files are very important and I could shoot myself )almost) for being stupid enough not to back them up.

EDIT: Moved to External Hardware from Win 7 ~ Hamluis.

Edited by hamluis, 02 April 2010 - 11:40 AM.


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Posted 01 April 2010 - 08:08 PM

Have you added a drive letter in Disk Management? Without a drive letter, it will not show up in My Computer (you can "hide" a hard drive by removing it's drive letter, as well).
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Posted 02 April 2010 - 10:15 AM

I went there and could not find the option. However It did show a storage device and I right clicked it and it told me to initialize it, so I did and got back Device Not Ready. Windows makes a sound every time I plug and unplug it so it's doing something with it at least. Did the same thing to another drive. I can feel/hear the drive spin up.

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 10:26 AM

Hmm...not sure what's wrong, but it doesn't seem related to Windows 7. Could be BIOS, hardware, etc...any number of things.

I'll have this moved to the Hardware sub-forum where you'll be able to receive better assistance. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 11:38 AM

Just a clarification...you did format this USB drive, after initializing it?

Windows cannot see a drive which is not formated, other than via Device Manager.

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 11:51 AM

it's not a USB drive per se, it's a SATA laptop drive that I'm connecting via one of the USB ports on the PC

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 02:25 PM

Can you post a screenshot (with the drive connected) from Disk Management?

You've connected a SATA laptop hard drive, via USB cable, to a system.

The drive showed up in Disk Management as not initialized...which is a bad sign.

Either the cable you used...or the drive...is faulty...that's my opinion, right now..

A screenshot will help us to offer better ideas.

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 06:23 PM

IF you're sure this drive is "safe" have you tried temporarily disabling the anti-virus?

Windows 7 has changed the file searching and begins indexing a drive as soon as it's attached. It could also be that the antivirus is scanning the drive when it's attached.

I did exactly the same thing when I installed 7 on a new drive, but I'd connected the drive before I installed the virus software.

I'm just wondering if you've got other apps here doing their own thing. iTunes will start scanning for music. A lot of apps scan for photos. AV software scans for viruses. OS scans for lost sectors. Explorer indexes. Sometime after the release of Windows 8 you'll be ready to run it.

Disable some of your resident apps and see if it runs any better.

AND - is your adapter and everything USB 2? If a driver or hardware is still in USB 1 mode, you'll never be able to run an external drive through it.

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 07:29 PM

Well...it seems that it may be a Win 7 issue, http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums...57-d7897e42549d.

I don't see anything conclusive amongst all this, other than the fact that a number of different persons with possibly different issues...all report difficulties with external drives.

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 07:44 PM

Not sure if this is relevant here or not but have you tried a different USB port? I have machine that when I plug an external drive in to a front panel USB port I get a message that the "driver can not be installed" but when I plug it into a rear USB port, it works fine. All other peripherals I've plugged into the front panel work fine, it's just this one external drive that won't work.
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Posted 04 April 2010 - 05:52 AM

Will post a screen shot later, since I'm at work now (Happy Easter !!!). I did swap USB ports and it seemed to take away the sluggishness but still the same basic indications. I'm going to ask around here and see if I can get a coworker to either loan me a known good drive to hook up or take my drive and adapter and try it on their own computer. I'll let you know how it goes.

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 11:18 AM

OK, here is an update: I plugged my laptaop sata drive into the internals of the computer, making it a second drive. The computer recognized the driver and installed it. Now when I navigate to it, Windows 7 tells me I need to format it in order to use it. All fine and good except I need DATA from that drive !! Is there some kind of work around ???

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Posted 06 April 2010 - 11:49 AM

If Win 7 is telling you that the drive needs to be formatted...with a RAW file system...I would say that your file system on said drive or the drive itself has problems preventing normal access.

That being the case, data-recovery software would be my suggestion.

Data recovery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_recovery

Ways To Recover Your Data - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/111937/ways-to-recover-your-data/. Scroll down to #9.

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