Problem Transferring Data using BYTECC

By greyson321 ·
I recently bought the adapter kit and attempted to install and access data on a IDE hard drive from an other computer.I connected the adapter to the hard drive and power to the adapter. I then connected the USB cable to the computer. The computer (XP Prof) recognizes the USB device as "E" but when I attempt to access it I get a message: "Drive Not Formatted". I am able to successfully run Seagate diagnostics on the drive so I assume the drive is ok. I queried Windows Disk Mangement (in Computer Management. It shows both drives (C and E) as Healthy and shows an Unknown Partiton (3.7 GB). This partition appears as part of the System (C) drive and also as a seperate paertition with no volume designation. Any help would be appreciated.

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OK so now you know that you need to work with the E Listing

by OH Smeg In reply to Reply to OH Smeg

The Partition tables have been damaged and this is causing the problem here. There are several options available but first you have to ask yourself the question of How Valuable is your Data and How Important is it?

If it is Important to you, you should pack up the drive do Absolutely nothing to it and send it to a Data Recovery House and pay them to recover your Data. However if it would just be Nice to get any data off this drive here are a few things to try.

Open the Command Prompt by clicking on Start then Run and type in CHKDSK /r and check the E Partition. This may or may not do anything but as it's free it's not going to hurt anything if it doesn't work.

If you are still unable to access any data on this drive you need to attack it with some form of Data Recovery Software here is a short list of the better ones that I have used over the years

While the last 2 are from the same company they are very different products. Win Hex should only be considered foe use by someone who knows Hex Inside Out while Davory is a great cheap General Purpose Application.

Personally I prefer the On Track Option but it's anything but cheap. However because I use this type of software a lot it's paid for itself many times over by now, for a cheaper option Spin Rite from Gibson Research or Stella have both very good reputations by other TR members.

However if this Data is Important to recover the more that you do now will make it harder for the Professionals to recover and the more expensive it's going to be for you. So if you simply must recover the Data don't do anything at all to the drive just pack it up and send it off to your preferred/nearest Data Recovery Specialist. It will be far faster and cheaper that way for you.


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by greyson321 In reply to OK so now you know that y ...

I checked out your list of recovery software and found one (SpinRite) which allows a retrieval of one fole a day for thirty days as an introductory offer. I downloaded and tried it and was able to see the entire disk tree and access a file. Since I only need a small number of data files, this will do the trick for me. It is obvious that something on the disk is corrupted and I ultimately will format it for use on the new PC. Many thanks for your help. In addition to solving my problem, I got smarter.


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Your Welcome NT

by OH Smeg In reply to Reply to OHSmeg
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