I hope this is the right forum for this! I would like to start with troubleshooting the slave drive issues but will give the full background for context. I may go back to addressing the auto repair loop at some point but for now am working with the HD (SATA) in an enclosure connected to my husband's windows 7 computer. My goal is data recovery so I can reformat the drive.
I have a Sony Viao Fit 14, windows 8. About a month ago it got stuck in an automatic repair loop and I was unable to get into safe mode boot up in any way. There was an option for automatic recovery, which I did. I did get a surprising amount but since some pictures are missing and those are important to my husband I have been willing to wait on reformatting to try to get everything. There are some things missing that I'd still like too. All the diagnostics that can be run from the advanced options menu came up with nil. The PC could not be refreshed.
It took me a month (mostly because life is busy, I was not able to dedicate much time to it) to find out how to take the blasted machine apart. I ordered the SATA enclosure/cable and got the HD out and into it. When I connected it to my husband's computer there was an error message: E:\ is not accessible. Access is denied.
So far I have tried:
-changing the letter assignment in device manager to W- which has NEVER been used for this laptop!
-changing how it boots up so that it needs to be "stopped" before I unplug it.
-restarting the computer as required to change that previous setting
-trying every USB port on the computer
-emailing the company that made the HD enclosure- I have yet to hear back from them
I was given some suggestions for things to do once I put the HD back into its own computer but at this point I am interested in what else I can try with the HD in its enclosure. Any more settings I can tweak? I couldn't find much beyond playing with the device manager when I Googled "is not accessible. Access is denied."