The motherboard on a friend's laptop fried, and she has about 150 gig of data she needs (pictures, music, etc.) I took what I thought would be the easy route and purchased a Sabrent SATA to USB kit to retrieve the data. At first I thought the kit was not working as other than lighting up, absolutely nothing happened when I attached the kit to my laptop. However, after swapping the hard drive with the drive from my laptop, my computer boots up just fine using her hard drive.
I dug deeper and finally discovered that her drive WAS being recognized using the Sabrent (sort of), but Windows reports that the drive is not “initialized”. Windows disc manager only reports that the drive is a USB mass storage device. Windows does not assign a drive letter, and I cannot access the drive.
My question is . . . if I “initialize” the disc, will I lose the data? I can obviously retrieve the data now by swapping drives, but I am curious what is wrong.
Both drives (hers and mine) are Vista. Both computers are Toshiba's (very similar models but not exact).