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Connecting partitioned hard drive as slave to save data


my problem concerns a box running XP SP2 whose power supply has failed. The hard drive -a 60GB Samsung SP0208N- was divided into two partitions of 30GB each. C: had the OS, and the data I want to salvage are spread over both C: and D:.

My first idea was to insert the old hard drive into an external enclosure and hook it up to my laptop (also running XP SP2), and so I bought a USB 2.0 enabled external HDD box (CAP-621, Cypress chipset).

But I also have another PC sitting around, an old PIII 500, which is also running XP (not sure whether it is SP2, but it is a single partition).

My question now is:

How do I most efficiently and with the least chance of data loss salvage the data from the partitioned hard drive? By using the enclosure or by hooking the drive up to the old box as a slave? And is the remaining OS on C: of the partitioned drive likely to cause any problems?

My main concern is that XP on the old computer or the enclosure may not recognize correctly the partitions and that either one or both may go bust in the process. I have previously seen unsuccessful recovery attempts from XP where the C: drive ended being all garbled - normally, I would not even mind too much, but as it happens, I have data on that partition as well, and so would really like to avoid this scenario.

Apologies if the above repeats a common problem; I did try a search on the forums but did not get any closer than:

which does not exactly address the recognition problem.

Many thanks for your help!

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No worries. . .

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Use either method, internal or external. The main PC will see it as just another drive with two partitions. The OS on the slave will have no effect on the main computer. Just plug it in and access it. I've done this more times than I can count.

If you put it in the enclosure set it as master. Internal on the same cable you need to look at the main HD. If it's set to master, set the new one to slave. If it's set to CS (cable select), set the new drive to CS.

I kinda prefer the external enclosure. This way you can move it around to other PCs. It's more versatile this way.


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Thank you so much...

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...for your equally insightful and helpful response!

Being not exactly the technically gifted kind, I imagined that some conflict might arise between the multiple OS or that the enclosure would be unable to handle a partitioned drive. Turns out neither one seems to be the case - but hearing it from somebody experienced in these matters is very reassuring.

Again, many thanks for taking the time to reply!

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That's why. . .

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