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Posted 18 May 2015 - 08:47 PM
Posted 19 May 2015 - 09:24 AM
<<Could I remove my WDBUZG5000ABK-NESN external hard from its casing and use it as my new laptop hard drive?>>
No...not unless your external hard drive has exactly the same files in the same format...as your boot/internal hard drive. That would be the case only if you were cloning to the external hard drive, instead of making a backup.
From what I see, the WD drive makes backups, using WD software...it does not clone the Windows drive.
<<Is my best chance to recover my data to use my old drive as a slave after it is replaced? Is this different from just using it as an external hard drive?>>
Your best chance of recovering any data from a drive which you cannot boot and which you have unsuccessfully tried to access via a linux distro...IMO, is not good at all. But there various free data recovery programs that members here had reported success with...and which can be tried.
I would try the above before possibly moving on to a paid version which I have had success with: https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm . I haven't used the newer version, but I feel that it's at least same quality as previous versions.
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