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My motherboard on my Pc has died, i'm trying to get some files off of the drives that were attached to the motherboard.

However, Windows is not detecting some of my drives.
They show up in the logical disk manager, but if I try to initialize them I get "device is not ready" message.

Any comments welcome..
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by:skywalker39
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Take your hard drive out of your computer and put them into another computer as slave to access your files that way.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002

I've been buying 3-4 of these a year - because every time I use one in front of a customer, they want one of their own.

Great little (cheap) devices - works on all IDE/SATA devices that I have tried.
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@skywalker39
This is exactly what i've done. Hence the error message.

@younghv
I'm using one of these to attach my drive to another pc. Still comes up "Not Initiliazed" in the logical disk manager.
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If you know the manufacturers hard drive, I would use there utility to test the drives to make sure that there not bad or going bad, possibly faulty.
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Do you have any of the various LINUX/*NUX based "Boot" CD's?

I still have a licensed copy of ERD that I can use to boot up the CPU, then 'read' a lot of hard drives that I can't read from a normal Windows boot up.
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by:nobus
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if it reports the drive is not ready, i would believe it.
i suppose it is seen correct in the bios ? and in device manager ?
then it can be the drive has problems, one way to find out is the diag software from the manuf's - as suggested.
Here the link to all :  http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287
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