networking hard drive

July 30, 2009 at 10:35:39
Specs: Windows XP, amd 2700
I have a wd terabyte hard drive that was originally formatted as a modified linux drive
Now the external case went bad and the operating system crashed
partition magic shows the format as other FD. There is a lot of data stored on that drive and i would like to know how to access it without losing it.
the drive is now installed in my desktop and recognized the drive is also sata
Any help will be appreciated thanks

Willing to try something new


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#1
July 30, 2009 at 11:37:01
First, test the hard drive, when it's installed internally, to make sure it's okay.

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
http://www.computing.net/windows95/...

(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm...

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibilty, on another computer if you need to.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.
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If the hard drive itself tests okay.....

- Partition Magic 8.x is fairly old. It can properly recognize Linux partition types that existed when the program was first released, but it may not be able to properly recognize a Linux partition type that is newer than that.

- XP cannot understand Linux partitions. If the hard drive is being recognized properly, it shows up in XP in Device Manager and in Disk Management, but it will NOT show up in My Computer or Windows Explorer unless the partition type is one XP recognizes - FAT, FAT32, or NTFS - and the drive has been partitioned with that and has been formatted.
You must boot the computer with the Linux OS, or similar, in order to be able to repair anything that needs to be repaired for the Linux OS.
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Why do you think the external drive enclosure has failed?

I'm assuming the external case was connected via a USB connection to the computer.

When people have problems with an external drive being detected correctly, usually the problem is NOT with the external enclosure's circuits - it's usually that the USB (or firewire) connection to the computer cannot get enough current from the port(s) it's plugged into.

External drives require a lot of power, and they won't work properly in all possible USB ports you can plug them into.

See response 1 in this:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...



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July 30, 2009 at 21:26:22
Sometimes the external case would work and sometimes not
So far the drive is mounted as an internal and recognized
The format is one I dont recognize I have been in disk management and the drive is there
The partition shows as healthy (unknown Format)

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#3
July 31, 2009 at 06:55:25
Have you checked the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics yet? If there's something wrong with the hard drive itself, anything else you try may be wasted effort - in that case you MAY be able to recover SOME of the data, or you may not.

"Sometimes the external case would work and sometimes not"

The circuits in the external case either work or they don't - once they don't work, they will never work again - they don't work sometimes, not work other times. Your problem was probably directly related to the USB port you had the drive plugged into not being able to supply enough current.
See the info at the link I pointed to at the end of response 1.
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"So far the drive is mounted as an internal and recognized
The format is one I dont recognize I have been in disk management and the drive is there
The partition shows as healthy (unknown Format)"

All that is typical.
"If the hard drive is being recognized properly, it shows up in XP in Device Manager and in Disk Management, but it will NOT show up in My Computer or Windows Explorer unless the partition type is one XP recognizes - FAT, FAT32, or NTFS - and the drive has been partitioned with that and has been formatted.
You must boot the computer with the Linux OS, or similar, in order to be able to repair anything that needs to be repaired for the Linux OS. "

XP labels partition types it can't recognize as Unknown format, or similar, in Disk Management.

What did you install Linux with in the first place?
If you use that, or if you make a bootable Linux CD of the same Linux version and boot the computer with it, it should be able to recognize the Linux partition type fine, and you should then be able to repair the Linux OS or whatever else is wrong with the data.



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