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Enclosed hard drive - unreadable

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chrisd1923, Jan 7, 2015.

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  1. chrisd1923

    chrisd1923 Thread Starter

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    Hi

    As my old laptop died, I have tried to access my hard drive from it via an enclosure to transfer files to a new computer.

    When I connect the usb and power cables the enclosure is recognized as the safely remove hardware icon pops up.

    But the hard drive doesn't appear in My Computer.

    After looking around I tried the Computer Management process, but the disk in 'unreadable'. And when I right click to access New Simple Volume to assigned a letter I cannot as it is greyed out.

    Is there any solution here, or have I lost everything on this hard drive for good?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

    Chris
     
  2. valis

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    what happened with the old laptop? How did it die?

    Just from what I read up there, I'd say that that HD is cooked.
     
  3. chrisd1923

    chrisd1923 Thread Starter

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    Bit of a strange one, but someone threw up (sick) on it.

    Tried to turn the computer on a couple times, battery lights turned on etc, bu not action other than that.

    So decided to take out the hard drive.

    No way of getting anything off of it in your opinion?
     
  4. valis

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    was the HD working in the old machine? When it's in the enclosure, does it feel like it spins up?
     
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    Regurgitating on that laptop will probably kill it, but I doubt if it will kill the hard drive.

    We don't know what type of enclosure you have the hard drive in, so we don't know if there's an issue with the enclosure.

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    Load the MY COMPUTER main window that shows the list of drives.

    Connect the enclosure with the hard drive in it to the working computer.

    Does a "Local disk" or "Removable disk" or some other named entry appear?

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  6. chrisd1923

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    The HD was working fine before the laptop was ruined.

    I've put the HD in a 2.5'' IDE/SATA combo 2.0 External Enclosure.

    I wouldn't say that it feels like its whirring when all is connected.
     
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    If you know how to run a linux live CD/DVD, linux may be able to mount the hard drive and allow you to move files from it.

    A lot of times, it isn't that the drive is bad. I've had more trouble with the enclosures and connectors used than the actual hard drive.

    So before you give up on the hard drive, ask if any of your friends has a USB to hd connector and try a few other different types of connectors.
     
  9. flavallee

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    Did you read the second part of post #5?

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