1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

Want to avoid reformat of IDE drive after converting to external USB

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by XCskater, Apr 28, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
Advertisement
  1. XCskater

    XCskater Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2012
    Messages:
    2
    My conversion of IDE internal hard drive to USB shows zero space and zero content, and asks to reformat. Had hoped to have a look at contents to see if I wanted anything. Any chance I can still get files from the HD, or must I reformat?
     
  2. Triple6

    Triple6 Rob Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    45,618
    You shouldn't need to reformat. Are you sure you have the drive jumpered correctly? With some enclosures you need to use Master or Single rather then Cable Select or Slave or Master with Slave present; double check the jumper setting.

    What is the capacity listed in Disk Management?

    Was the drive compressed or encrypted?
     
  3. XCskater

    XCskater Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2012
    Messages:
    2
    Thanks. The 4 jumper pins are open, which is Device0 Master. No jumper clip is present or provided with the enclosure, and I assume Master is the correct setting?

    It is an 80 GB Fujitsu MHT2080AT. Disk Management lists the same capacity and free space of 73.5 GB (100% free).

    Drive was normal notebook use, not compressed or encrypted to my knowledge.

    Does this collectively indicate the drive is actually empty?
     
  4. DaveBurnett

    DaveBurnett Dave Trusted Advisor

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2002
    Messages:
    11,696
    It hasn't recognised that is has any partitions on there.
    HOWEVER that may not mean that there aren't as sometimes the disk geometry is mapped differently

    You could try TESTDISK which is you are running it under Windows, does need Administrator rights.
     
  5. Triple6

    Triple6 Rob Moderator

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2002
    Messages:
    45,618
    If the data is important, I'd try connecting the drive to another USB adapter/enclosure or system via an internal adapter such as this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812203012

    I've seen some drives just not work correctly with some USB adapters. But then again maybe the drive is empty or partitioned in a non-standard way.
     
  6. Sponsor

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/1051203