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Laptop connection with external hard drive via IDE/SATA problem

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by aaron007_gh, Dec 8, 2010.

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  1. aaron007_gh

    aaron007_gh Thread Starter

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    I recently had problems with my simpletech 500gb hard drive and i talked to the tech guys here and i was advised to get USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Serial ATA Hard Drive Adapter Cable. But when i connect it, i only see driver recognized on my laptop but i dont actually see the driver folder on my computer. Can someone please help me..Thanks in advance
     
  2. Hughv

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    We need a better description.
    When you say "Driver" I assume you mean "drive".
    Have you removed the drive from its case?
    Do you get the USB sound when you connect?
    Have you looked for this drive in computer management?
     
  3. aaron007_gh

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    Yes i mean drive as in like D: or F:..yea i checked in computer management it says is unknown usb drive..yes i have removed it from its case and i get a usb sound with the icon at the taskbar then that is it, i do not see anything else again
     
  4. Hughv

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    See if you can assign a drive letter and partition/format it in Disk Management.
     
  5. aaron007_gh

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    when i right click i only see help/properties.the drive portion is also blank..And with format wont it delete all the files i have?..i want to retrieve the files i do not want to loose it
     
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    How do i do that..and also isnt there any way for me to just boot the external drive..and why is it not recognizing the drive
     
  8. Hughv

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    See "Using Test Disk" at the above link.
    Your disk is corrupt in some way, but I couldn't tell you exactly what's happened.
     
  9. aaron007_gh

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    So how will i know if is fixed or not.
     
  10. Hughv

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    When you get your files back.
     
  11. aaron007_gh

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    but it doesnt even boot or appear as a driver folder so how will i get it back
     
  12. Hughv

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    Have you run Test Disk yet?
    TestDisk can

    * Fix partition table, recover deleted partition
    * Recover FAT32 boot sector from its backup
    * Rebuild FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 boot sector
    * Fix FAT tables
    * Rebuild NTFS boot sector
    * Recover NTFS boot sector from its backup
    * Fix MFT using MFT mirror
    * Locate ext2/ext3/ext4 Backup SuperBlock
    * Undelete files from FAT, NTFS and ext2 filesystem
    * Copy files from deleted FAT, NTFS and ext2/ext3/ext4 partitions.
     
  13. aaron007_gh

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    which of the options should i choose to help me boot it up..i see alot and i dont know which is which
     
  14. Hughv

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    The only trick is to make sure you select the correct drive, and the size should tell you which is which. No harm done if you pick the wrong one.
     
  15. aaron007_gh

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    My problem is i dont know the exact option to choose within the program to be able to help the hard disk..i see alot of options that i dont understand..isnt there any other way for me to do this..please i really need to retrieve the files..thank you
     
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