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#115591 31-Mar-2013 17:06
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Hi all,
I need to access an old drive to recover some files. It's an ATA-IDE beauty so require an external dive enclosure that connects to either USB2 or 3 (ha - as if there ever were any for USB3!) 

Since this is for a use-once only I'd like to pay as little as possible. If you are in the Manawatu and have one you could lend to a very careful handler this would be great. 

Hope someone can help! Thanks.

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  #789975 31-Mar-2013 17:06
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Hey, have you listed a price, location and how much shipping would be to other parts of New Zealand? Also if you are asking for a PM make sure your Privacy settings allow your account to receive PM otherwise people can't contact you.




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  #789989 31-Mar-2013 17:23
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I have one that I'd be happy to lend but I'm in the 09 - if you can arrange pickup&return you're welcome to it...

 
 
 
 




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  #789991 31-Mar-2013 17:26
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Thanks. If I can't find one a bit closer to home I'll certainly be in contact. I'm kicking myself that I didn't do something about this sooner. Kind of reminds me of all the floppies and zip drives I still have sitting around :-( 

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  #790121 1-Apr-2013 08:57
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Did you get this sorted?

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  #790123 1-Apr-2013 08:59
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Hi Lynne,

Whereabouts are you? Are you or someone coming into Wellington anytime soon who could bring drive to me?

I have a hard drive 'craddle' for this purpose and would be glad to extract files for you .... or meet up somewhere and you could do it yourself using laptop or flash drive or another hard drive?

R.

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(Am in palmy)



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  #793556 4-Apr-2013 22:18
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Rickles: Hi Lynne,

Whereabouts are you? Are you or someone coming into Wellington anytime soon who could bring drive to me?

I have a hard drive 'craddle' for this purpose and would be glad to extract files for you .... or meet up somewhere and you could do it yourself using laptop or flash drive or another hard drive?

R.


Thanks for your kind offer Rickles. I'm in Palmy and not likely to get to Wellington soon. If I get stuck though I'll make a special trip down and very happily take up your offer. Cheers.

 
 
 
 




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  #793558 4-Apr-2013 22:20
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MadEngineer: (Am in palmy)


Yay! I've sent you a PM. Thanks!




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  #803385 21-Apr-2013 23:35
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Thanks for the offers of help. I managed to buy one from Ascent (only to discover that the HD's I wanted to get the data off will not initiate so its useless to me). So, all sorted now. Cheers. 

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  #803476 22-Apr-2013 09:40
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Lynn,

What do you mean by not "initiating"?

What happens when you try to read from it? Is it from a Windows or Mac system?

R.



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  #803704 22-Apr-2013 13:50
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I guess I mistyped "Initialize" and auto-correct made an assumption. That'll teach me for not looking ;)

Neither disk will initialize. Both can be seen under Win 7 disk management but volumes cannot be and the data cannot be read.  Windows cannot initialize the disks for some reason. 


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  #803715 22-Apr-2013 14:13
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Initialising is usually the first step before formatting a disk, so I suspect something else is going on if the disks already contain data.

Possibilities are corrupted MBR, or a locked drive. I tend to use third-party tools to inspect a disk rather than rely on Windows.

R.


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  #803723 22-Apr-2013 14:33
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What did they come out of? That sounds like it's potentially either HFS or ext formatted disks... if they were in a NAS of some sort they could well be ext formatted, or the other possibility is if they were in a RAID array...



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  #803731 22-Apr-2013 14:44
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They both came out of an old PC. The PC was working fine at the time the disks were removed for safe-keeping. Both disks have been carefully stored although I didn't expect to need to recover data from them. 
I realised I would have to change ownership in order to access the files but with Windows seeing only the disk and no volumes, I'm kinda stuck.

If I try to initialize I get "Data Error (cyclic redundancy check)". 

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  #803740 22-Apr-2013 15:14
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Hi Lynn,

CRC errors usually happen when writing to a disk is interupted for some reason, e.g. power outage, plug pulled, etc.

Since you indicate that they came out of a PC, we can assume they are at least Windows formats?

If you can "see" the drives, try running CHKDSK (from DOS/Command prompt, NOT by right-clicking the drive and going to Properties etc).

Again, I'd be tempted to view the drives using third party apps.

R.

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