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Hard drive = 0 bytes

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by EffinJofus, Oct 27, 2010.

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  1. EffinJofus

    EffinJofus Thread Starter

    Oct 27, 2010
    I just put in an old hard drive as a slave drive into my computer. I had some old files I was going to take off of it, but when I got everything all set up the drive said it had 0 bytes. When I try to access it i get this message "the process cannot access the file because another process as locked a portion of the file" So I did a little research and figured I would try some kind of data recovery tool. I have used 4 or 5 different ones, and every time, my computer will freeze. If you guys have any ideas as to how else I can get into this drive, or a way to patch it up, please help.
  2. etaf

    etaf Wayne Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
    What PC have you put this - What type of drive sata or ide
    did you setup the jumpers on the drive for master/slave/cable select if ide

    have a go with a NON windows virtual CD and see if that will allow you to access the data

    It may be possible to boot from another Operating System
    This will at least test the Hardware and also see if you can see the Harddrive and possibly get data off.

    If you have another PC with a cdwriter and spare CD
    goto http://www.ubuntu.com/ and download the ISO http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/download

    YOu can also run from a USB device now - if the Machine supports booting off a USB Stick

    full details are here http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/

    click on the image "download ubuntu"
    Select a location
    then begin download
    Save the file onto your PC – remember where you saved it – so you can find it again to create the image bootable CD.

    You do NOT copy the ISO file onto a CD - you have to use the ISO to create a bootable CD
    The CD creator software you have on the PC may have an option to create an image from an ISO
    If not - use this free program http://www.imgburn.com/

    When the UBUNTU CD boots - you will see the following options
    1) Try ubunto without any change to your computer
    2) Install ubuntu
    3) Check CD for defects
    4) Test memory
    5) Boot from first hard disk.

    Use OPTION 1 "Try ubunto without any change to your computer" ONLY this option this will run from the CD and not install onto your harddrive - be careful, if you do install onto the PC - you will wipe the data and software OFF your hard drive.., so repeat only use option 1

    Now you should see a UBUNTU desktop
    This at least proves the main parts of the PC are working

    You may see your Harddrive on the desktop - if not have in look in the places on the tool bar at the top of the screen.

    If you can see your harddrive – see if you can find the your datafiles –
    XP look in “documents and settings” under the user name you had on the PC
    Vista/Windows 7 look in “user” under the user name you had on the PC

    Now if you have a USB flash drive or external harddrive – you should be able to copy your data from the harddrive onto the USB device
  3. EffinJofus

    EffinJofus Thread Starter

    Oct 27, 2010
    The drive is a western digital wd400 (40 Gb) IDE drive. I have set the jumpers on it to slave. The computer it is in, I built. It has a gigabyte mother board, and Intel Core 2 processor (2.40GHz) I may have been slightly misunderstood from my previous post, but my computer works perfectly. The only problems I get are when I am trying to use the data recovery softwares, or tryng to open the slave HDD. If you think I should still try this ubuntu thing, let me know.
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