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Moving files from old HDD to new laptop


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#1 jdcrichton

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 07:02 PM

I recently bought a caddy for my IDE from my old Packard Bell Notebook. I couldn't start my old laptop and desperately wanted to keep all of my music files that were on my old laptop, so I took out the old HDD and plugged it in to my new laptop via the caddy.

The drive now appears when I connected (Local Disk E), but I cannot access it. On connecting the HDD I get told I need to format this drive before it can be used, and I can't open the drive in Explorer as it says it is unreadable/corrupted.

I've been told to download http://www.recovermyfiles.com/ and try to recover the drive but I'm unsure.

Any help on my predicament would be brilliant, I am desperate to have all of my music back!!

Cheers,
John

ps. I hope this is in the correct thread.

EDIT: I should add, that when the drive presided in the original laptop at the end of it's live, the laptop woudln't start, and I needed to run recovery console but didn't have an xp disk - the laptop then failed to start due to power failures a few days later.
I also had to run chkdsk multiple times on the old laptop

I had tried running chkdsk on the old HDD when attached as an external to my new laptop, but with no joy

Edited by jdcrichton, 19 February 2011 - 07:12 PM.


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Posted 19 February 2011 - 07:06 PM

www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

This will work if it's just the partition table that is messed up.

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 07:12 PM

www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

This will work if it's just the partition table that is messed up.



Cheers, will give it a try :thumbup2:

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 07:24 PM


www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

This will work if it's just the partition table that is messed up.



Cheers, will give it a try :thumbup2:


....Not quite sure I know what all this means mind

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 07:29 PM

there is a guide on the site, all you do is follow the prompts

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 07:56 PM

there is a guide on the site, all you do is follow the prompts


somethings happening..

disk/dev/sdb - 50 GB / 46GiB = CHS 6082 225 63
analyse cylinder = 45%
Read error at 783/31/23 (iba=12580870)

FAT 32(BACKUP)
FAT 32(BACKUP)
HPFS - NTFS

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Posted 19 February 2011 - 10:27 PM

usually there is a choice on how to proceed below, what are your options?

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:03 AM

usually there is a choice on how to proceed below, what are your options?


I didn't get any options last night when it finished.

Just to make sure, this old HDD I took straight from my old laptop should work as an external HDD connected by usb to a caddy? The old laptop was INtel and XP and the new one is AMD and windows 7.
should the drive be accessible as an external drive even without having to start it up etc?

I'm goign to run the programme again and better follow the guide. I'm not too sure how I spot what I need to do to which drive, I cant see any obvious errors on the drives when it brings them. I'll paste what I get before I start anything and see if anyone is about to suggest where I go next.

Cheers!

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:14 AM

DISK/DEV/SDB 50 gb - 46 gib - CHS 6081 255 63
Current partition structure:

1. P hid. FAT 32 0 1 1 783 254 63 12594897 (backup)
2. * HPFS - NTFS 784 0 1 6079 254 63 85080240



...[QUICKSEARCH]

P hid. FAT 32 0 1 1 783 254 63 12594897 (backup)
* HPFS - NTFS 784 0 1 6079 254 63 85080240

I'm guessing I need to select the NTFS partition?

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:37 AM

run the quick search and that will find info to recover, then once you find it you choose write to re write the partition info and hopefully make windows see your music and stuff. You are almost there.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 08:42 AM

run the quick search and that will find info to recover, then once you find it you choose write to re write the partition info and hopefully make windows see your music and stuff. You are almost there.


Quicksearch results..



*FAT 32 0 1 1 783 254 63 12594897 (backup)
P HPFS - NTFS 784 0 1 6079 254 63 85080240
(can't open filesystem - filesystem seems damaged)

I now have to select a partition and click Enter. I'm guessing I need to select 'HPFS - NTFS'?

Edited by jdcrichton, 20 February 2011 - 09:08 AM.


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Posted 20 February 2011 - 10:44 AM

Disk /dev/sdb - 50 GB / 46 GiB - CHS 6082 255 63

* FAT32 0 1 1 783 254 63 12594897 (BACKUP)
P HPFS - NTFS 784 0 1 6079 254 63 85080240
- Can't open filesystem - filesystem seems damaged

Add partition? Load backup? change type? list files

Or enter to continue?

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 11:21 AM

I would do enter to continue.

When I used it, I just kept pressing enter untill I recognized a partition that has used space in it and then it gave me the option to write the partition info to the disk and that is what you want.

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 11:28 AM

Write failed

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Posted 20 February 2011 - 11:49 AM

sorry to say it, but the drive may be toast.

There is one more thing you can try that I know of but it is fairly complicated:

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Damaged_Hard_Disk

This guide shows how to duplicate a disk with Knoppix, a version of Linux that runs from cd.

Even if it is able to copy everything there is no guarantee that the music will be playable. Good luck though, I hope you can get it back.




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