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HD not recognized by O/S

By awertin ·
Familiar Story. Laptop HD won't boot, shows boot error. Removed from laptop to HD enclosure to try to remove data to another machine. HD is not reporting to the O/S (WinXP) Disk Management console. Is there any other way to gain access to the HD provided there is no physical damage?

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Make sure that the drive is correctly configured

by OH Smeg In reply to HD not recognized by O/S

Most times you need to remove any jumpers on the HDD to make them work in a USB Enclosure. This only applies to the 2.5 inch IDE Drives that used to be in NB's till recently.

Of course if you have an SATA Drive the setup is different but as you didn't say any differently I'm assuming that the drive is more than 12 months old.

Col

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Ultimate Boot CD

by alxcsby In reply to HD not recognized by O/S

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
Use that to check it for errors, if it comes back okay, you may be able to get the info off. What OS was on the HDD prior? Did you alter anything on the HDD (is it a dynamic disk?)?
Hope that helps,
-A.

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HD not recognized by O/S

by awertin In reply to Ultimate Boot CD

The O/S (WinXP) is loaded on the HDD it is not dynamic disk. When I removed the HDD to the enclosure the jumpers were in cable select. But that configuration was not working. The drive kept trying to read but would reset. I moved the jumper to slave. and the drive spun-up without any other noises but was not recognized in the Disk Management console of WinXP.

If it is not recognized by the DM console will ultimatebootcd work?

At this point I'm not interested in booting it just getting the data off - hence the removal and external drive enclosure.

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The HDD needs to be set to Master

by OH Smeg In reply to HD not recognized by O/S

If you do not set it that way you will never stand a chance of getting anything off the drive. When you can access the drive you need to take ownership of your Files as listed above.

If you where using XP Pro and Windows Encrypted File System you will need to get your Encryption Key from your backup and mount it on the working OS by following the directions here

http://tinyurl.com/3cd8hf

Just to repeat you need to follow the direction here to Take Ownership of your Files

http://tinyurl.com/3aw7

Col

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As you have a NB Drive here you need to remove all the jumpers

by OH Smeg In reply to HD not recognized by O/S

For this type of drive to work in a USB Enclosure. Sorry but the post saying that it was set to Slave was a bit confusing.

Col

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