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    How to boot HD from usb2sata?


    by jonahjohnson ·

    I have never worked on hard drives like this, I have a hitachi hd removed from the laptop and plugged into my laptop using a usb2sata from startech.
    how can I open the hd and run an antivirus on it?
    I was hoping it would work like an external hd and just open and show me the files and let me scan from my laptop.
    I’ve searched the interwebz for the last two hours and can’t find anything…
    any help would be great.


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      by jonahjohnson ·

      In reply to How to boot HD from usb2sata?


    • #2901234

      Several methods

      by robo_dev ·

      In reply to How to boot HD from usb2sata?

      One would be to plug that drive into another working PC, being careful not to run any programs on the external drive, thusly infecting it with whatever virus is on the drive.

      Another would be to get another hard drive, install it and the OS into your laptop, then you could work on the external drive that way.

      Alternately, if you boot from a CD-ROM such as the (free) Hirens boot CD, or the (free) Bart PE CD, then you could run the comptuer from the OS loaded on the CD, and the external drive can be serviced from there.

      It is also possible to load the Hirens boot CD or Bart PE onto a USB flash drive, and boot from that flash drive.

    • #2901213

      OK I’m lost here

      by oh smeg ·

      In reply to How to boot HD from usb2sata?

      What OS is on this Hitachi HDD?

      If you have connected it to a working computer provided that the OS in the working computer can read the Partition it should just be there and scanable.

      Of course if the OS on the Hitachi Drive is OSX, Linux or BSD it’s not readable by a Windows OS most times unless you install software that allows to read that Partition Type.

      If you have a Windows OS on your HDD like XP and the removed HDD has Vista or 7 it’s possible that you have found a Formating Issue where your older installed Windows is unable to read a new Partition Form even though it’s supposed to be the same Partition Type.

      When M$ introduced Vista quite a few new drives where unreadable by working systems owing to new security measures that where introduced to NTFS Partitions and you needed to repartition the drive with the OS you where using. Generally this applied to Older versions of Windows being unable to read drives partitioned on newer versions of Windows.

      If all you want to do is a AV/Malware Scan on this Hitachi Drive I would just use a Boot Disc like F Secure or any of the other that are available. Here is a TR Article on Rescue Disc’s with links to the different ones available. 😉


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