Secondary HDD locks up Windows Explorer

June 18, 2011 at 11:30:52
Specs: Windows 7
Good Day All,

One fine day about a month ago, I went to fire up my laptop and got a blue screen with an "unmountable boot volume" error message. Ran some tests and found out the drive was irreparable, so I replaced it. Now I want to get to those files off of the bad drive, so I bought an IDE to USB 2.0 cable. After I connect the one end of the cable to the drive and plug the other end into my USB port, I can hear the drive spinning and hear the "new hardware connected" sound from my PC. Windows Explorer recognizes the drive, but when I double-click on the icon to open it up, I get an hourglass and everything just freezes up until I disconnect the cable from the PC. I have tried setting the jumpers to master, slave and cable select modes, but that didn't help. I have also hooked up other HDD's using this same cable and was able to access the files on them without a problem. Any ideas?? The HDD in question is a Hitachi Travelstar 7K60 60GB IDE HDD, if that helps any.



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June 18, 2011 at 11:39:41
Boot to live linux cd and try testdisk.

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