External HDD not detected

November 22, 2011 at 12:26:09
Specs: Windows XP
I took HDD from old HP laptop and put that in external HDD case. I didn't format HDD. I attached that External HDD to another laptop but its not showing up in My computer. It is IDE (40 pin interface) disk.

1. It shows up in BIOS
2. It shows up in Device Manager --> Disk drives as TOSHIBA MK6025GAS USB Device
3. It does not show up in Disk management
4. I tried rebooting the laptop, didn't work
5. I tried unplugging USB a few times, didn't work

On a couple of occasions it showed up when I did following:
1. Unplug and plug in USB
2. Kill explorer.exe manually and then rerun the same through "New Task" from task manager
3. Tried using a new enclosure as well wherein I got an error (Error code 10)

When I attach HDD to the laptop, i see blinking light and spinning sound from external HDD so hopefully its good.

None of the above is working now.. Please help


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#1
November 22, 2011 at 12:52:52
Disk Management is the key for it to work. If your goal is to recover files, I would boot with a Live CD, either on the current machine or reinstall it on the original machine & use the live CD there. Bart PE would the only windows live CD. Otherwise a Linux Live CD would be needed. You must know Linux commands for that to work. I use backtrack 5

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#2
November 22, 2011 at 13:09:07
Thanks for your quick reply. I have few questions, as I am not very familiar with Live CDs.

I saw a link to create Windows Live CD, is this good?
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to...

How do you think Windows Live CD will help me access this external HDD? Can I still access this HDD using USB interface?


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#3
November 22, 2011 at 13:28:21
That was the Live CD that I had originally tried but I got an error that Bart PE has trouble with OEM versions. If you have any sort if installation CD, I would try it anyway.

If you are able to create it & boot the machine with it, there is a good chance that you'll be able to see the drive in the USB enclosure. Otherwise, a Linux Live CD would be the next step. That takes more knowledge than the average user has.

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#4
November 22, 2011 at 13:56:04
If you are trying to recover files using a Linux live cd: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...

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#5
November 22, 2011 at 20:20:23
Tried Bart PE but no luck. There is a utility similar to Windows Explorer, but it was not showing external HDD.

I saw a utility names Bart Stuff Test which was detecting external HDD by the name \\.\PhysicalDrive1 and it was showing HDD size as well. But that's all, i was not able to do anything more with that utility.

I tried to map a drive using \\PhysialDrive1 name but no luck.

Am I missing something?


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#6
November 23, 2011 at 05:52:29
Data recovery can be a complicated subject. The Linux Live CD would be my next step but it looks like you would need some on site help with that. Do you have anyone to help you?

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#7
November 23, 2011 at 07:14:12
Those old IDE drives consume more than 2.5w provided by each USB port. Try to use Y usb cable and use rear ports. If failed to be recognized try it in another system.

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#8
November 23, 2011 at 11:39:56
I tried using UBUNTU live CD but its not showing up. As I am not very familiar with Linux, not sure if there is any other way of doing it..

I have already tried using Y cable as well as powered USB hub.. no luck!!

Anything else guys??


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#9
November 23, 2011 at 14:28:34
You're not seeing it because you don't know how to mount the drive. However, mounting the drive won't help unless you can copy the files over your network or to another USB drive, once you see them.

I'll tell you how to mount the drive. If you can see it, I'll tell you how to copy them. Connect the drive to the usb port, boot with the Ubuntu CD. When you get to a command prompt, use the following commands. Press enter after each command.

fdisk -l

The windows drive will look something like:
/dev/sda1 blocks ntfs

If there are two partitions marked ntfs, the larger one will be the one you want. Use the spacing that I have when you type the commands

The next commands are:
cd /mnt
mkdir ntfs
ln -s /dev/sda1 /mnt/ntfs
mount - ntfs /dev/sda1 /mnt/ntfs
cd ntfs
ls -asl | more

Then cd to the directory where your files are.

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#10
November 26, 2011 at 18:21:16
No Luck!!

fdisk -l shows laptop HDD but not external HDD :(


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#11
November 26, 2011 at 22:22:23
I don't have any more suggestions except maybe a different version of Linux.

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