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argeedblu
post Jan 22 2017, 10:13 AM
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Windows 10 Seagate 1TB Barracuda Drive Vantec SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter

My system drive recently became unbootable. I have replaced the drive and recoved critical data from backup.

However, there is some non-critical data that I would like to recover from this drive. Hence my use of the adapter. The drive shows up in the Disk Management console as Disk 1 931.51GB Healthy (GPT Protective Partition). The problem is that the drive is not assigned a drive letter so I can't access it through File Explorer. Most options (including Change Drive letter) in the Disk Management console are disabled. Safe Remove Hardware and Eject Media sees the device. The adapter appears in Devices and Printers as USB to ATA/ATAPI bridge and reports as working properly.

Any suggestions?

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GlenKruger
post Jan 22 2017, 05:36 PM
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The drive shows up in the Disk Management console as Disk 1 931.51GB Healthy (GPT Protective Partition)


Glenn it should not be GPT partition and Windows should be asking to initialize it. A GPT partition is for hard drives larger than 2 Terabytes.

This is strange behavior for sure. Not sure what to suggest I just tried an old 2 Terra byte drive on same adapter and it showed up with out any problems.

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argeedblu
post Jan 23 2017, 08:23 AM
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Thanks Glen,

I am about ready to accept that the drive is toast. I would like to be able to access it if only to reformat and shread it. As I think I mentioned, I have a backup of all critical data, so it's not a total catastrophe.

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post Jan 23 2017, 08:36 AM
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I would like to be able to access it if only to reformat and shread it

Hammer is just as effective!

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argeedblu
post Jan 23 2017, 08:42 AM
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Sounds like a plan Daniel, Thanks.

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post Jan 23 2017, 12:38 PM
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Glenn when you plug the drive into the adapter and turn it on does the drive beep once or multiple times.
It should only beep once if it beeps 5 times I think can't remember for sure then the drive is damaged.

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argeedblu
post Jan 23 2017, 01:01 PM
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Hi Glen,

There were no beeps at all.

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post Jan 23 2017, 03:38 PM
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You have to listen very close can you feel the hard drive spinning up?
If not the drive is toast or maybe the circuit board is fried which can be replaced with a board from exact same drive.
Some times you can pick one up at a flea-market or garage sale.

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argeedblu
post Jan 23 2017, 04:04 PM
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Thanks Glen,

I appreciate the insight. I'm reasonably confident that my backup preserved all my critical data so at this point I'm considering just writing off the disk. The last time I tried to connect it, USB didn't even detect it so it may well be the circuit board that is the primary issue.

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post Jan 23 2017, 04:46 PM
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Have you tried hooking it directly into the motherboard?

All you will need is a power cable and a data cable.

Have done that before but with smaller drives.

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post Jan 23 2017, 04:49 PM
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Glenn maybe more trouble than is worth for you but it maybe a way to recover the data or format and wipe the drive.
Just looked on Kijji ? never can remember how to spell it and found one for 20 bucks , actually the guy had 3 of them.

If you just want to destroy drive just drill a few holes in it, best way to destroy as far as I am concerned.

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argeedblu
post Jan 23 2017, 05:23 PM
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@Larry, thanks for the suggestion.

@Glen, I'm not sure what you are referring to in your last post.

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post Jan 23 2017, 08:58 PM
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Hi Glenn,

Do you ever use Linux?

You can boot your pc with a live CD/USB (eg Ubuntu) and then access your HDD in its cradle.

Use debugfs to rootle around the file system.

I did the same with a NAS drive that died.

See here: http://mybookworld.wikidot.com/forum/t-375...ve#post-1253716

(Disclaimer: I use Ubuntu anyway)

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GlenKruger
post Jan 24 2017, 01:20 AM
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Glenn in my last post I was suggesting if you buy a used hard drive the same as you have then swap the circuit board you maybe able to get the drive running and then get the data off then format and remove the board and put it back on the one you bought and put the data back on it and use as a back up drive. Hope this explains it better. I will try and get the YouTube video link that explains how to do it for you.

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argeedblu
post Jan 24 2017, 08:11 AM
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Thanks Glen, now I understand.

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argeedblu
post Jan 24 2017, 08:16 AM
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David,

Linux has long been on my bucket list so this might just be the opportunity I need to give it a shot. I use virtual box a lot for alternative development platforms so I'm thinking of creating virtual machine for Linux rather than booting from a USB stick. Thanks also for the link. That should help me get started with this particular task.

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