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Replacing 2nd Hard Drive with New 2nd Hard Drive

by sonora77 / September 30, 2005 12:47 AM PDT

Have you ever had a friend ask you to recover data from a "bad" hard drive?

I have a Win2K box with 2 hard drives. I've told him that I can pull out my 2nd hard drive (not with my bootable partition), put his 2nd hard drive in, and use utilities to recover his data. I'll then burn it to DVD's for him.

My question: what do I have to do before hand? Or will the O/S not be confused when suddenly it sees that the 2nd hard drive is different with different partitions?


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That's a common method.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 30, 2005 12:54 AM PDT
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BIOS settings and jumpers on the HDD
by Mojo_58 / September 30, 2005 1:33 AM PDT

You may have to detect the drive in the BIOS. Also, if the drive is an older IDE drive you will need to set master/slave jumpers. The OS shouldn't care what is on the drive unless you try to read it. Faulty drives that don't spin at all can commonly be seen by the bios and OS as long as the PC can read the chips on the controller.

Edward Fox

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Bad Hd?
by ElectronixEshop / September 30, 2005 1:40 AM PDT

when you mean bad HD do you mean like a hd that has crashed and wont boot? or do you mean his comp crashed and that he cant access his HD if he cant access his hard drive do to some hardware problem you can recover his data by simply pluging in his hd into your computer and make sure not to boot from his OS once the computer has finished starting up windows will notice a new hd is installed and will place a icon for the hd in my computer and you may access it and recover his data on to your hd or either burn them straight onto a CD

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The HD Won't boot
by sonora77 / September 30, 2005 6:29 AM PDT
In reply to: Bad Hd?

I really don't know too much more; the HD won't boot, and trying to go into the Windows XP recovery console didn't work. He said it ran for about 45 minutes and then rebooted. I'm thinking that means it is at least spinning.

He's coming from Florida with the drive next week, so I'll know more at that time.

The earlier comment about the master / slave is one I'd forgotten; as his drive is the master and my 2nd hard drive is a slave, I'm glad to be reminded of that.

If it is a bad hard drive, I'm looking forward to freezing it for awhile and then retrying it. That sounds like a good story if it works!

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