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I have dropped my old laptop, bought a new one and a usb hdd enclosure hoping to retrieve the data. Vista is seeing the drive but says it is not ready when i try to open it. It also doesn't show any memory available.
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Re: HDD from dropped laptop
Could it be a power issue? Some older laptop HDs need more power than one USB port can provide and won't spin up properly. If you have a cable with your HD enclosure which had two USB connectors on the end, make sure you plug both into ports on your laptop.
When they don't spin up correctly, you tend to hear them clicking as they try to spin & then cut out. Have a listen to it when you plug it in & see what you can hear.
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You can try to use a different Hard drive enclosure because this can also be a problem with the enclosure, if the new hard drive enclosure works good , but if still not working you can try to take that hard drive out of its enclosure then connect it to a laptop and hopefully that way we can retrieve the data on it...
You want to remove the hard disk from old computer, connect it to the enclosure, and connect it externally to the new computer, right?
Now you have a problem connecting hard disk to the enclosure.
Usually there are no SATA/IDE enclosures. They are either IDE or SATA.
If the data connector in the hard disk (HDD) is rectangular with around 40 pins inside, it is an IDE HDD. Else if it has L shaped horizontal connector, it is a SATA HDD.
I suggest you to take the hard disk to the store and ask for a matching enclosure. If you bought the wrong one, they might replace it with the correct one.
If you feel you want to do it yourself, let us know. However an IDE HDD cannot be connected to a SATA enclosure and vise versa.
I sincerely hope you will get to copy the required files to your new computer. However before copying, it is better to install a reliable virus guard.
Regarding your inquiry unsing a USB 2.0 external or HDD enclosure is basically used to connect a laptop HDD to another computer to be used to extract or back up files on to new HDD or another device. regarding with the error 2000 0146 as far as i can remember as a technician when it comes to dell laptops it would really be a HDD replacement
Hope I have answer your inquiry about the USB 2.0 external enclosure
after a failure like this i wouldnt trust it again. but if there is anything on there that you would like to retrieve, one possibility would be using a disk rejuvenator, spinrite from Steve Gibson may help. http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm
Download a free demo of Get Data Back for NTFS from http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-downloads.htm it does the job right. I'm not sure of it's limmitations tho but if you'll need to have it work like it should use this info: Name:Pascal MEUNIER Serial:DXCMFWHUNPIDTU
Actually, there are two good reasons not to swap that drive into the new laptop,
First, you never want to boot from or install software to a drive you're trying to recover as everything you do to/with the drive runs the risk of causing further damage.
Second even if it weren't for the damage, you simply aren't likely to have the right drivers unless both laptops are the exact same model.
My suggestion is just get the new laptop you want, then attach the damaged drive with the enclosure to the new laptop then run your recovery software. If that doesn't work, you will likely need the help of a Pro.
Try Armor-IT Data Recovery, they are listed in the FixYa database and service clients from all over North and South America.
First thing to do is stop booting up the computer. This message means the Hard Disk Drive (HDD or "C Drive") has errors. Errors can mean disk corruption including bad sectors and/or physically damaged hardware inside the disk drive. Since you are able to log into the computer, if even briefly, perhaps the HDD is what I like to call "fail-ING"; there may be hope of retrieving some of your data (pictures, etc). Ask your local Geek Squad Agent help you - if damage is severe, this is not necessarily something you can fix yourself (e.g. "fail-ED" HDD). Remember, I said not to keep booting the computer - the more times you boot a "fail-ING" drive the less likely you will retrieve anything. If you insist, however, on a DIY method - you could learn more about the following: 1. New HDD installed 2. HDD Enclosure (USB) 3. Acronis Software 4. A nice drink and a couple of hours to clone the old HDD
OR 1. Geek Squad Agent 2. Credit Card/Checkbook
HINT: if you talk to a Geek Squad Agent and s/he can't explain Acronis software, find an Agent who can...