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Need help with a HDD and cable adaptor

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by shaggy, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. shaggy

    shaggy Byte Poster

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    Long time no speak everyone.

    Basically one of my housemates has a laptop that started to refuse to boot in to Vista, so after trying various things i resorted to buying one of those USB to internal hard drive adaptors, this one does both IDE and SATA.

    So took his hard drive out of the laptop, hooked everything up, hard drive spun up, my laptop recognized it and it was displayed in My Computer, awesome i thought, job done, however, when i opened the drive it was empty and the size read as 0 bytes. so pulled my 2 hard drives out of an old desktop that i have laying around that i know work, but same thing happened, recognized but nothing in them, i also cant write to any of them.

    Tried Disk Managment but nothing obvious showing up in there.

    Help please?
     
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  2. Gingerdave

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    Does it not give you an option to import a foreign disk in Disk management? Also which OS are you running?
     
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  3. westernkings

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    It could be the disk has converted back to Raw?
     
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  4. shaggy

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    my laptops running XP, the hard drives are running vista.

    both HD's surely couldnt have converted back to raw?
     
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  5. shaggy

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    I lied, it has converted back to RAW, any way to get around this? theres no option to import a disk in disk management either
     
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  6. shaggy

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    I plugged this all into a mates laptop which is about 6 years newer than mine and the disk now shows up in disk management, however its still in raw format?

    i tried a few 3rd party applications to view RAW data but nothing has worked yet

    any ideas?

    Thanks in advance
     
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  7. greenbrucelee
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    maybe if you did a repair install it would then see the files
     
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