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CANNOT READ DATA FROM OLD INTERNAL SATA HDD I have recently been forced to buy a new laptop due to a hardward malfunction (not a software issue) and now want to retrieve the information from my old laptop?s HDD; It is a ST9808210A Seagate Momentus 4200A which I have never had any problems with previously. I purchased a SATA to USB connector and have plugged the HDD into the USB drive of my new laptop. The HDD is detected by the new laptop but does not come up on ?My Computer?; on closer inspection in Administrator Tools, Disk Management, I see that the Disk is visible as ?Disk 1? but has a black bar above it and is ?Unallocated?, on the left hand bar it is ?Unknown? and ?Not Initialized?. When right clicking on the bar the only options available to me are ?New Simple Volume? and ?Properties? ? neither of which enables the disk to work. There is also the option to ?initialise? the disk when clicking on the left hand bar, when this is tried I get the error message: ?The request could not be performed because of an I/O device error.? Any ideas please ? I really could do with getting several weeks of work off this disk!! THANKS.

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  • robinson_jez May 17, 2009

    Great, I will have a go with PhotoRescue and see what results I get. I'll get back to you once I've had a go - thanks so far in the interim.

  • robinson_jez May 20, 2009

    Right I’ve continued hard to grab the data off this disk and repair it; I have used ‘TestDisk’ and while recognising the disk drive it tells us that there is No partition and it has ‘Error reading sector’; It terms of what TestDisk can see the following comes up:

    Disk/dev/sdc – 80GB/74GiB (RO) – ST980821 0A

    No partition 0 0 1 9729 80 63 156301488 [Whole Disk]



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Well, you've done most of everything that would normally be recommended. It sounds like at some point, the partition table and/or file system information on the disk has been lost or damaged. The information at the begining of the disk tells the OS where the rest of everything is, like a legend or a map. Without this information, everything is still on the disk, but getting to it could be very difficult. At this point in the game, I would recommend using a disk/data recovery tool. It's a software program that reads the drive at a bit level, then attempts to recover files, folders, and structures on the disk without the "map".

I have used and recommended PhotoRescue Expert in the past and had good luck. This is NOT guarenteed to bring your data back, but it will passively attempt to recover data from the disk without making changes to the file system, just in case we need to try a different method. There are other data recovery softwares out there, many of which work fine. PhotoRescue is inexpensive and has saved files for me and my clients many times.

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