Vista reports USB HDD with data (XP) as not allocated
Posted on 2009-05-09
My HP notebook with XP professional died (motherboard problems) and was replaced with a HP running Vista. I purchased an external HDD enclosure (USB) to transfer the data from the old IDE HDD to the new notebook. (Enclosure specs say it is compatible with Vista)
Vista identifies the USB HDD and installs it with no problem.
On Vista the HD is visible in Computor management (as unallocated) but not in My Computor. The event log displays: The device, \Device\Harddisk1\DR1, has a bad block.
I have tried:
1. Reading the HDD as a master, slave or Cable sel.
2. Reading the HDD on a desk top with XP professional (not visible in my computor nor computor management) as well as on another as well as on another notebook with XP - same problem,
3. Upgrading my bios on new notebook to the latest avaulable.
4. Reading the old unallocated disk with disk recovery software - does not show any files
The only thing I have not tried yet is to install the old HDD in my new notebook. I can not do that as the old one is an IDE and is not supported by the new notebook
Anny suggestions will be welcome as I would really like to recover the data.