ZERO ASSUMPTION RECOVERY
I am working on upgrading my laptop with a new hard drive, and to do that I ordered a SATA/IDE to USB hard drive kit (with separate power supply). While I was waiting for the new hard drive to be delivered, I wanted to see if I could get some info off of an old hard drive on a computer that had died.
I plugged in the old HD, I could hear it spinning up, and my computer can detect it through the USB and in the Disk Management page. It would show up as Disk 1, and I could tell it was there. I just could not access it at all. I tried everything, and nothing is working. I tried to initialize it, and it said that the device was not ready.
It is very possible that the disk is bad, but I tried checking it out on another, newer disk, and had the same problem. I also tried plugging it into a Windows XP device and had no luck as well (although to be fair I didn't try too hard with that one).
If anyone has dealt with this please help me out. Thanks.