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Saving data from old HD using XP via USB

By dweckert ·
Trying to connect a Caviar 31600 Hard drive to an XP laptop via USB to save data on the old drive. I cannot see the Caviar 31600 drive on Windows Explorer. I can see a disk 1 listed on the USB connections. And I see the disk in device manager.

The drive is partitioned and I can see the files when I use a boot disk on the old Win 95 machine. The problem with this disk is Windows does not boot and scandisk reports a bad sector. So saving the data is now the priority.

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Try This

by CaptBilly1Eye In reply to Saving data from old HD u ...

Try going into the device manager and uninstalling all of the USB Host controllers. Then turn off the system, disconnect the power cord and remove the laptop battery pack. Then press and hold the power button for 30 seconds. Reconnect the power and boot the system. when the system reboots, Windows will load in fresh drivers.

You may also want to check with the laptop manufaturer's web site to see if there is a BIOS update available.

Are there any network drive mappings present? If so, it may be that one of them is using the drive letter (ex. f, G, or H) that the USB drive is trying to use. The drive letters can be changed in Disk Management - right click on My Computer and select Management.

Let me know if this helps.

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gave it a try

by dweckert In reply to Try This

Old one eye

I reinstalled the USB drivers per your suggestion and this made no difference. Same results as before. I have not had a chance to check BIOS and can do that in an hour or two.

Thanks for your ideas. If you have more, please feel free to throw them out there.

Your bio and my resume are quite similar. I was surprised. I'm in a senior village in central Florida after 30 years beating the corporate game in texas.

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Are You Providing It Enough Power?

by rkuhn In reply to Saving data from old HD u ...

Some of the el cheapo external USB cases are pretty lame.

They come with a single USB cord which many a times isn't sufficient to supply enough power to the drive itself and still provide for data.

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I think I got it

by dweckert In reply to Are You Providing It Enou ...

The USB connector I have is cute little gadget that is and IDE connector to a USB cable. It has a seperate power supply that plugs into a separate AC source. It has worked on all previous hard drives.

It does not show on disk manager, but it does show on USB disconnect and device manager.

Another guy on Experts Exchanged suggested forget the laptop and go to a desktop pc. That worked. So I think I'm done.

Thanks all.

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Assign the Drive Letter

by Working IT In reply to Saving data from old HD u ...

Sometime Windows XP doesn't assign a drive letter to the USB storage automatically.

Right-click on My Computer
Select Manage to open the Computer Management console
Go to Storage -> Disk Management

Check and see if the USB Hard Disk is there

If yes, right-click on it and select "Change Drive Letter and Path"
Click on "Add" to assign a drive letter.

Hope this help

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