retrieve data from a acomdata external drive
Posted on 2011-10-02
I have a 250GB aComData external drive that I had to remove from its enclosure. It is a WD IDE drive. I attached the drive via a USB cable and Windows saw it but required disk initialization. I did the initialization (did not format). In retrospect, this was probably a big mistake. Those who are familar with the aComData drives know that the disk is partitioned into a CD partition and a data partition. The CD partition provides password protection and the software to allow backup and restore regardless of the system on which it is used. I believe that the data partition on this drive is still OK and I need to retrieve the data from it. Can anyone please suggest how I might be able to do this. I have already tried natively installing the drive with a 40 wire ribbon but the BIOS did not see it. I've tried both Master and Cable select pins on this IDE drive. I have also tried an 80 wire ribbon and windows does see the drive as active but does not assign it a drive letter. I jusf feel like there must be a way to get access to the data partition. If someone has gone thru this with a aComData drive and has found a solution, I would be very appreciative. Thanks.