Recover Files From HDD

June 2, 2010 at 13:12:57
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a Toshiba Laptop. A little while ago, the system became very slow and started suffering from many crashes. I pulled the HDD out and put in a larger one, formatted it and installed the OS using the recovery discs. (Vista)

I want to recover information from the old drive as I have in the past using a USB to SATA adapter but for some reason it shows the drive as "Not Initialized". I don't want to reformat the old drive or lose any information on it, I just want to get the files I need from it. If I swap the old drive back into the computer, it still will load everything and work like it did before. I would transfer things this way to a USB Drive but it keeps crashing. I can still do it with patience but I want to know why the way that I have always done things will not work on this drive / computer.

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June 2, 2010 at 13:26:55
Have you checked for virus or other malware?

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June 2, 2010 at 13:30:21
Updated and current Norton 360 did not find anything.

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June 2, 2010 at 13:38:16
I would try these scans

If they find nothing, I would be patient and get the files using the usb stick. Then I would either get a backup drive or use the usb stick or burn cd/dvd's to backup my important data on a regular basis..

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June 13, 2010 at 13:12:54
Well, I can't seem to keep my computer running long enough to do either scan or to transfer my files. I have about 4 minutes after I boot up and it just freezes. Does anyone offer a virus scan that I can boot from CD or DVD?

I've never had a drive that would work in the computer but not off a USB cable before. Is there any Windows Vista settings that could do this to a drive for security? Anything I can check?

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