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#1 sniper8752

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 02:50 PM

when I plug in a laptop hard drive to my laptop, it makes the sound that it found the device, and it shows the safeley remove icon in the lower right of the screen. I go to explorer, but the drive is not listed there. How can I access this drive?

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:59 PM

It would help if you add a little information, like the make and model of this computer, what operating system you are running, and how this hdd is connected.

What do you see in the Disk Management for this device?

Are there any untitled drives?

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

the hard drive that I am trying to read from has installed on it debian. it is a samsung drive, and it is plugged in via a sata cable. it is several years old. it is from a dell e1705.

not sure if this image helps, but I thought I would include it. I currently have windows 7 and debian installed. i also have my hard drive plugged in here. i want to say the other laptop hard drive that is plugged in is labeled disk 2.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 10:08 AM

What happens if you double click on disk 2?

Is Debian the only operating system installed on disk 2?

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:08 PM

nothing happens.

yes.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:26 PM

If Disk 2 is indeed a debian ( linux) installation, it typically will have a filesystem of ext2,3 or 4 which are unable to be read by windows.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:36 PM

hm, didn't even think of that! are there any programs out there that run on windows that would allow me to view it?

if I were to run my ubuntu desktop, I could view it then, right?

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 01:40 PM

Yes, you should be able to see it, if you dont then you would need to manually mount it. Be sure to safeely remove the disk before you remove the hdd from that computer.




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