I installed a usb external hard drive (from dead pc) to copy files from it.It shows up as a disk drive, but can't open it. I haven't used the install disk from Mad Dog because I don't want to erase the existing files. How can I copy these?
Both systems are XP, loose drive is SATA and I don't have access to another machine set up for SATA to try it on. That's why I tried the enclosure (which is SATA or IDE and works with another IDE drive).
The dead PC is Dell Dimension 8400 & won't boot from onboard drive or Dell disk, tells me "missing or corrupt Windows\system32\config\system file". I was just trying to figure if the drive was bad or what.
1) what are the operating systems on the old (dead) and target systems?
2) Try it on a second working system?
3) This sounds like an OS related problem (if it's not a dead hard drive problem). If you're running Windows, the newsgroups/forums run by Microsoft are actually pretty good. E.g. if you're using WinXP, try microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics or microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware They can give you help in diagnosing the problem.
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Use MySafe to back up the files stored on the Ethernet Disk mini Home to
an attached USB storage device. This way, if files on the Ethernet Disk
mini are damaged or accidentally deleted, you can restore them to their
original locations. There are three main steps to using MySafe,Connecting an external USB hard drive,Backing up files to the external USB hard drive,Restoring files to the Ethernet Disk mini (if necessary) Before you can back up files, you need to connect a hard drive to your
Ethernet Disk mini via the USB port on the back. Use a hard drive that is USB 2.0 compatible. While connecting an external hard drive make sure your Ethernet Disk mini is turned on and connected to your network.Turn on the external USB hard drive.Connect the external hard drive's USB cable to the USB port on the back
of the Ethernet Disk mini, just like you would connect the external
hard drive to your computer.Confirm that the drive is
properly connected. Log in and click on the Administer HipServ link.
Click on USB External Storage under System. To back up files, navigate to the file or folder you want to back up to
the external hard drive and click on the disk icon in the "Backup"
column of the file list.When you back up files to MySafe, the
Ethernet Disk mini duplicates the file path in MySafe so that everything
you back up is organized in MySafe just as in its original location.
So, if you copy a file from MyLibrary, a MyLibrary folder will appear in
MySafe, with all folders leading to the backed up file.
Always click the Safely Remove Drive button on the USB External Storage
before unplugging your MySafe external hard drive. Wait for the
interface to change and for the Use Drive button to appear before
disconnecting the USB cable from the Ethernet Disk mini. Failure to safely remove your external hard drive before
disconnecting the USB cable can cause data loss and/or damage the drive.
Always use the Safely Remove Drive feature when disconnecting an
external hard drive.
External hard drives provide great storage space for movies, music, picturesand other documents you want to keep safe over time. The drives generally comewith either USB 2.0 or Firewire connectors, so they also offer reliable datatransfers at high rates of speed. Setting the drives up is usually astraightforward process, and copying files to them from your computer is a snap.
1. Set up your external hard drive according to its instructions. The two majorsteps in setting one up are connecting it to your computer and plugging it intoan external power source.
2. Install any drivers that camewith your drive so your operating system will recognize it. If the drivers areoutdated, download and install new ones from the manufacturer's website.
3. Open the "MyComputer" panel. You'll see both your regular hard drive (the C: drive)and the external hard drive listed.
4. Double-click the externalhard drive's icon to open its window.
5. Drag and drop any files youwish to copy to the external drive into this window.
6. Right-click the "SafelyRemove Hardware" icon in the System Tray and eject the drive once you'vefinished copying your files.
Read more: How to CopyFiles to an External Hard Drive ' eHow.com
The external storage device has several major components:
* USB cable * external power-supply * disk-drive inside the enclosure * USB-to-disk-drive adapter inside the enclosure.
Try a different USB cable.
Try a different USB port on your computer.
Try a USB port on a different computer.
Take a multi-meter, and measure the output voltage/amperage of the power-supply, and compare with the specifications on the label of the power-supply.
Open the enclosure, and remove the disk-drive, and attach it as a "slave" drive in a desktop computer, to see if bypassing the USB-to-disk-drive adapter bypasses the problem.
Look at the label on the disk-drive, for manufacturer, product-number, serial-number, and manufacture date. Access the manufacturer's web-site, and use "check warranty status" to see if the warranty still is valid. If so, the drive can be replaced, at minimal cost to you.
Buy a new, compatible, disk-drive, and install it in the enclosure, to "revive" your external storage device.
Search online for a professional "data recovery service". For a significant fee, they can repair your disk-drive, just long-enough to copy your files to a new disk-drive.
Open "My Computer".
Connect the disk-drive into the USB port.
That "My Computer" window will update, to show an additional "drive-letter" ('A:' and 'C:' and 'D:' were previously listed, so now you should see an 'E:' drive-letter).
Open "My Documents".
Click Select All
Click Copy Selected Files
Choose 'E:' as the destination.
Now, you have _two_ copies of all your 'My Documents' files, and you can sleep comfortably at night, because:
* if your 'C:' drive "dies", you have _one_ copy (on the external drive).
* if the external drive "dies", you have _one_ copy of your files on your 'C:' drive.
Select the file you want to download to the computer hard disk, right click your selection and click on copy. Open the folder you want to download the file to and right click a space in the folder and select pest. The file will be downloaded to the specified folder.
If the hard drive is OK then you can remove the hard drive from the desktop case, and insert the hard drive into a USB 3 1/2" hard drive adapter case, this should come with a power adapter. These are available at your friendly computer shop.
Boot up the laptop then plug this USB hard drive adapter into the laptop's USB port. The laptop will see this as an external USB hard drive. You can open the various folders and files on this external drive and copy the folders and files to the laptop.
You can delete the Windows folder and Program Folders on this external drive to free up disk space and use this as a back up drive etc.
If you are not sure how to remove the hard drive and install it into an USB hard disk case, then I suggest you get a computer savy friend to help you.
Turn your computer on. Plug the external drive. It should show in My computer window. Explore the external drive (by clicking on its icon in My computer). Point and select all you want to copy (CTRL A selects All) CTRL C. ( all that is selected will be marked for copying). Go to folder where you want to copy the files. Open the folder and CTRL V.
The Mac disk format cannot see or read by a PC, the PC can see the external drive as a device only.
The way around this problem is to format the external drive with the PC, now you can fransfer/copy files to the external drive and when you plug it into the Mac, the MAC can read PC file formats, this also applies to USB memory sticks.