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How to read the Data On an Old HDD

Hi,

I have an old HDD from my deceased fathers old computer. I recently wanted to access some information on this disk. I set the jumper correctly to Drive is master in single-or dual-drive system and placed it into my existing Win XP Pro computer hoping to view it.

However, the disk will not be recognised at any cost. I have tried other combinations of the jumpers just in case but I am sure that is not the problem.

The technical spec of the HDD can be seen here http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/iguides/ata/belizig2.pdf

I have booted the PC with BartPE and when I do this, the old HDD is recognised and the main file structure can be seen. However, when I click further, the many sub directories contain names with hyrogliphics.

The disk was working perfectly OK and would boot successfully into Window 98, I threw the old PC out and just kept the HDD.

Does anyone have an idea how this can be successfully achieved ?

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SMc
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Just how old is this drive - and where has it been kept when out of the old computer?
The filename corruption indicates just that - data corruption.
The disk, in a hardware sense - is probably fine - there is probably another reason your XP install isn't picking it up.

I would normally suggest to run chkdsk /f on the disk - I am inclined to believe that chkdsk /r may do more harm than good - but before running chkdsk - try and copy off any data - and see if the files themselves are readable at all.
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Hi,
Ryansoto, All Jumpers out on this HDD means Slave. Middle jumper is Cable Select. I have already tried that on the second IDE Controller but no effect.

And235100. The disk has been in my drawer for 2 years but that should not affect the HDD itself being recognised under Windows XP.

The HDD is recognised OK in the M/B Bios.

I seem to remember something weird with this particular model of HDD in the deep past. Something to do with enabling LBA mode or that the disk attributes had to be set up manually on the PC and were not equal to those specified in the literature e.g. ST31720A 16 3,305 63 1,705 Mbytes

I just cant remember it.

SMc
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Hi Talker2004,

Yes I agree if BartPE can see the Disk K the jumpers are setup correctly.
- Both IDE controllers are already in use OK. I have a caddy that I can swap disks in and out and I use this all the time for other disks without problem.

- I have already checked in control panel - administrative tools - Comptuer Management but here the disk simply doesnt show up. Also the Proprietary Program "Active File Recovery" does not detect the disk.

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SMc
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Hi Punky,

Yes I have tried the override option and manually entered the values as written on the HDD into the BIOS settings. In fact, the AUTO option does show the correct matching values anyway. No effect. Maybe I am going mad but as I said earlier I am sure in the past, a slightly different value had to be entered manually into one of the parameters to get it to work....

Thanks for the comments, I need to sleep now, but tomorrow I will try the disk again in a different machine this time to see if that brings any joy.....

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SMc
Anyway, I need to sleep n
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Hi Guys,

SUCCESS ! - I installed the HDD as a master into another computer running Windows XP Pro and received the message that new hardware was found.

The HDD is perfectly accessible as a second HDD and I can read it perfectly - no corruption at all.

Two things different are that this machine has completely different M/B etc and also I connected the Old HDD directly with a cable rather than using the Disk Caddy in my machine.

Either way, problem is now solved and I can extract all files I need.

Points: - I will distribute the points between those answers that were most helpful and creative.

Thanks

SMc
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