Recover data from SATA HDD
Posted on 2011-04-26
I'm after help in recovering data from a hard drive.
This drive was from an external hard drive. The logic board got fried so I got a replacement hard drive from eBay. The model # is identical but the firmware version is slightly different, 3.AAC (new) compared to 3.AAD (old). The board also looks lidentical if this helps. I tried the logic board from the replacement drive, the drive spins up OK and is recognised in a BIOS but in Windows, Ubuntu Live CD etc there's no data on the drive except for a Recyvle Bin and a System Volume Information folder.
I've also used a USB-SATA adapter, I'm asked to initialize the disk in Windows but I'm a bit scared to do that.
Am I stuffed? I was thinking I good take the platters only out of the dead drive and put them into the replacemnt drive. Is this even possible to do? I don't care about the replacement drive, it only needs to work long enougfh for me to get the data off.