The local city council bought this Yamaha CDR-HD1500 about one year ago, and they have been recording their sessions on its 320Gb hard drive ever since.
Noone told them that they should be burning everything on CDs to keep them on file. Or at least to label each album/track on the hard drive so that someone can keep track of what's happening.
Now, they have about 140-150 hours of recorded, unlabeled material on there.
I was given the following task.
First, take all the recorded audio out of the machine's hard drive.
Second, encode everything in mp3 format.
Third, listen to each track with the help of the mayor in hopes of identifying and naming each session and date.
Fourth, burn everything on CDs or DVDs for archival purposes and for a company to type everything up on paper.
And here's the problem I'm having.
The hard drive on this machine is accessible from the back. There's a door that gives me access to the PATA and power connectors of the hard drive.
So, I grabbed my little adaptor that goes from PATA to USB and I hoocked it up to my laptop on the side. The hard drive itself is recognized by windows and ubuntu, but neither system can read anything off the drive.
I tried scanning the drive using Recover My Files but at least he quick format recovery didn't find anything. I haven't had the time to let it crunch away on the complete format recovery.
I know the drive is working fine because once I plug it back onto the recorder, I can access everything that's on there. So basically what I'm looking for is some software that will allow me to read and copy whatever's on there. Something that'll read any format that's out there.
Thanks for the help.