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Getting Stuff Off An Old Hard Drive


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#1 utfreak

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Posted 22 October 2006 - 10:51 AM

Hey guys. I got a little predicament with some hard drives, going on. I had an old HD with all my info on it. I got a new hard drive and installed Windows on this one. I am now trying to transfer info off of my old HD onto this one. (Music and Movies and such) Whenever I plug in my old one. (SATA) everyting gets really choppy and laggy. Is this because the old HD still had windows on it? If it is, can I still get my info off?

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 07:28 AM

It may, or may not be a problem with the old hard drive (but probably isn't because it's got Windows on it). A few questions to get us started:

1) Why did you get a new hard drive? (Were there any problems with the old one?)

2) How do you connect the old hard drive to your system? (just plug it in the SATA port and add power?)

3) Can you still boot from the old hard drive (and not have the new one installed)?

4) Have you considered borrowing/trying a USB drive caddy to house the old drive for transferring the files (this will eliminate the particular SATA port as being a source of the problem).?
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Posted 23 October 2006 - 08:17 AM

1) Why did you get a new hard drive? (Were there any problems with the old one?)
Yeah, my old one got messed up somehow. Windows only started loading halfway and then restarting.

2) How do you connect the old hard drive to your system? (just plug it in the SATA port and add power?)
Yep, I just plug it in and then add power.

3) Can you still boot from the old hard drive (and not have the new one installed)?
Nope. Already tried.

4) Have you considered borrowing/trying a USB drive caddy to house the old drive for transferring the files (this will eliminate the particular SATA port as being a source of the problem).?
Maybe, I'll see if I have a friend who has an enclosure.

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 10:41 AM

It sounds like there may be a physical problem with this drive - but don't give up yet!

The USB enclosure is probably the surest way to both check the other SATA port and to see if the drive is accessible.

But, if it's hosed, then you may be in for some trying times when you attempt to recovery the data.

Here's a nice, free file recovery utility that may help: http://www.pcinspector.de/

If you still can't access the drive, then you'll be looking at a professional data recovery service. About a year ago I got estimates for them to recover my 80 gB W-D Caviar IDE drive - the quotes ranged from $600 to $1800. In my case, I just decided to use it as a paperweight and suck up the lost data.
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