Solved CMD prompt hangs on external drive

August 24, 2014 at 23:12:01
Specs: Windows Vista
I have an older laptop running on vista that no longer starts windows. Have taken out the HD and connected it to a "cradle", hoping to recover some files from it, using CMD prompt commands. Found Suatcini's advice from 2010.
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...
Running CMD prompt (as admin) cacls “F:” /E /T /C /G Administrators:F gives me a blinking cursor, but no response otherwise. The same happens trying to open a simple text file with "edit". Any suggestions for the CMD prompt - or to get windows going again?
Thank you.
Marc

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August 27, 2014 at 01:42:37
So the Vista drive has been pulled and is added as a second drive on another system? It might be an ownership issue. I don't know how ownership affects working with command prompt but here's some general information:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Are you working in a command prompt box from windows desktop or did you boot directly to safe mode command prompt?

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#1
August 24, 2014 at 23:19:51
Slave it to a good comp & recover your info.

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August 24, 2014 at 23:40:01
Thanks John. How do I set up a slave? - or can you send me a reference to instructions?

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August 25, 2014 at 00:01:00
" and connected it to a "cradle?
have no idea what your cradle is, if it connects via an usb connection, just plug it into the good comp.

It will either read it or it won't.

Let me know what happens.

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#4
August 25, 2014 at 11:51:39
Run CHKDSK /R on the drive. Once chkdsk freezes on you, walk away and come back 24 hours later. If it's still frozen, you have to decide if you want to call the drive dead, or wait another 24 hours.

EDIT: It also helps if your enclosure has an activity light. That should tell you if the enclosure is waiting on the disk.

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#5
August 26, 2014 at 01:45:14
Are you familiar with dos/command prompt commands and syntax? Maybe that's why you're having problems. To move files from one drive to another--if that's what you're trying to do--usually only requires the COPY command.

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#6
August 26, 2014 at 12:27:23
Have used dos prompt since 1982. Copy or xcopy gives "access denied" error. That's why I am looking forwork arounds.

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August 27, 2014 at 01:42:37
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So the Vista drive has been pulled and is added as a second drive on another system? It might be an ownership issue. I don't know how ownership affects working with command prompt but here's some general information:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Are you working in a command prompt box from windows desktop or did you boot directly to safe mode command prompt?

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#8
August 31, 2014 at 00:13:33
Not sure if it really was a data ownership issue but I soleved the Admin rights in Windows for the computer running the dot prompt and was ableto access the second drive.
THANK YOU

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#9
August 31, 2014 at 00:20:13
You're welcome. We're glad you got it fixed--however it happened.

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