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By mcshelton ·
I had a tech come replace a bad hard drive in my Dell. He seems to think I can connect my bad hard drive in place of my CD-RW drive and copy the files over. Because I am not very literate on this, I could use some guidance.

Mike

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by gbrownlee In reply to Copying files from a bad ...

Hi Mike:

Set your old harddrive as slave and attach it to your hard drive data cable and power supply. Hopefully you will be able to see the old drive from 'my computer and move your data over to the new drive.

Greg

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by willcomp In reply to Copying files from a bad ...

I agree with the tech.

The simplest way is to remove data cable and power connectors from Optical drives (CD-RW in your case) on the secondary IDE channel and connect old hard drive using data cable and power connector removed from optical drive. Leave data cable connected to motherboard though.

This method eliminates worrying with master/slave settings since old drive will be only device on secondary IDE channel.

Ensure PC is turned off while changing cables.

After connecting old drive, power up and it should be recognized if not completely dead.

Copy files to new drive, power down, disconnect old drive, reconnect optical drive(s) and fire it back it.

Dalton

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by mcshelton In reply to Copying files from a bad ...

OK,
I tried to run the hard drive with the secondary cable and power source. I received the same message that prompted me to replace the hard drive. It states, "secondary drive 0 not found". Any other suggestions?

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by Sue T In reply to Copying files from a bad ...

Have you tried using disk tools from the hard drive manufacturer of the bad hard drive? You can sometimes get the drive working for long enough to copy some files doing this. Or you might want to try some of the utility software that is on the market. You can usually download a trial copy. I can't recommend any because so far I have been able to always get the data by either making the drive a slave or by using the manufacturers disk tools. Good Luck.

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by willcomp In reply to Copying files from a bad ...

When a drive is not recognized by BIOS, it is not possible to run any recovery tools. This usually indicates an integrated controller failure. Replacing the circit board on the drive probably would resurrect it.

If data is valuable, check with an experienced tech or see link below.

http://www.gillware.com/

Dalton

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by willcomp In reply to

Try statykserver's tip. I have never had success with an electronics failure (drive not recognized) but it does work often enough to try.

Post back with results.

Changing drive jumpers should not make any difference if it is only drive on secondary IDE channel.

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by statykserver In reply to Copying files from a bad ...

I know this will probably sound very wierd but what I'm about to tell you is true. As a last resort .... place the bad hard drive in the freezer for about 30 min - an hour in a ziploc bag. Take it out and slave it to the secondary ide cable and power on your system.
(make sure you have the appropriate settings in bios .. auto)

If it is detected get as much of the data off as you can before it heats up again and then you will have to put it in the freezer again. I have actually tried this once and it did work.

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by davemurgatroyd In reply to Copying files from a bad ...

If the PC is not recognising the drive as a "master" try setting the jumpers on it to "Slave" and connecting it as the second drive on the same IDE cable as the "Master" hard disk.
On booting enter the BIOS and check the disk is recognised.

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