Solved How do I recover data from an SATA drive?

September 19, 2011 at 02:37:02
Specs: Windows 7
I have a working SATA drive from an old system and would like to recover the data off of it. It was a bootable drive so I was thinking the "slave" option. I'm not really seeing many responses on how to slave an old, SATA bootable drive.

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September 19, 2011 at 04:04:19
What happens when you attach it to your computer?
There is no slave option with SATA; only with IDE (PATA). If in doubt, grab a usb drive adapter, plug the drive in and read it.

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September 19, 2011 at 04:18:00
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As stated above there is no such thing as a 'slave' with SATA. Just plug it into a free SATA port on the motherboard. Make sure it is recognised in the BIOS and it is not in the boot sequence and reboot and it should be available.

If that is not possible then a SATA USB enclosure is the next best option.


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September 19, 2011 at 06:40:54
When you connect the old SATA drive internally the BIOS will automatically set that derive as the first boot drive. You need to enter the BIOS screens and change the selection back to your original boot drive. Then after you are in Windows your old drive should be assessable. You may need to take ownership of the files.

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