mount defective hard drive

Posted on 2011-10-10
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a system hard drive that has crashed. I have removed it from the machine and hooked it up to a Unitek USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Adapter and I have tried hooking it directly to the motherboard of a different machine.

When I power on, I hear the spin up, but I can't get it to mount. When using the USB adapter, I get a "device recognized" and a generic "Mass Storage Device" recognized, but again I can't see the drive using Microsoft disk manager.

Yes, I know I may have to spend the big bucks to have the case cracked, but I want to exhaust other avenues first.

Any suggestions?
Question by:David Brugge
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    by:John Hurst
    If it spins and you cannot read it, you may be able to recover data with SpinRite ( This product has been around for years, I have used it successfully, but there are never any guarantees. Worth a look.

    .... Thinkpads_User
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    The computer is seeing the bridge chip, not the HDD.  That is why it "appears" to somewhat work.   Get your $500+ ready and take it to a recovery firm. Nothing you can do yourself unless you have a bunny suit and a clean room.

    P.S.  even powering it up risks further damage.  I am not aware of any recovery firm that won't give you a free estimate.  If you are in the DFW area, check out 24hourdatarecovery.  They have 24x7 walk-in support and you can get an estimate in no time at all.
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    by:David Brugge
    This is what I suspected.

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