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Problem recovering data from a hard disk using a caddy

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by BOBCAT82, Jan 9, 2013.

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  1. BOBCAT82

    BOBCAT82 Thread Starter

    Jan 9, 2013
    My old laptop died :( It crashed whilst I was editing some pics (I had just uploaded 800+ pics from my DSLR). It then got stuck in a 'safe mode' loop. It kept giving me the option of opening in safe mode, or open normally. Whatever option I used it would just take me to a blank black screen with a cursor - the only way of getting out of this screen was to power down.

    My laptop was 4 years old so I wanted to get a new one anyway, but needed some way of recovering my files from the old hard disk. I was told a caddy would be the best option - so I bought a Dynamode USB caddy, put my old hard disk in it and plugged it into my new laptop - and nothing....

    the new laptop hasn't even acknowledged that something has been plugged in, although ever time I plug it in a red light appears on my caddy.

    My new laptop has windows 8, the old one was vista - not sure if this is relevant.

    Any help you could give me would be greatly appreciated - as I really want my pics of my old hard drive :(

    Thanks for your help
  2. etaf

    etaf Moderator

    Oct 2, 2003
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    what type of drive was it - IDE or SATA
    images here

    if IDE what was the jumper set to ?

    if you goto disk manager - can you see the driver there

    is the OLD laptop dead completely - it maybe a copyof ubuntu running from the CD may work to copy the data off

    UBUNTU Stand Alone CD

    NOTE : version Ubuntu 12.04

    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 (Note this is for version 9 - so the start up options are slightly different )

    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/ - Choose the option Write image file to disc
    you can use this stand alone ISO Burner to burn the ubuntu onto CD ftp://terabyteunlimited.com/burncdcc.zip

    When the UBUNTU CD boots - you will see a screen - with Language on the left panel and two option images labelled

    == > Try ubuntu
    == > Install ubuntu

    You can try Ubuntu without making any changes to your computer, directly from this CD

    Use "Try ubunto" 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

    NOTE: if you only see a black screen - then this is a known issue, and can be resolved by using the following:-
  3. DaveBurnett

    DaveBurnett Account Closed

    Nov 11, 2002
    If it was an IDE drive you may need to change the Master/Slave jumper
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