Old hard drive is inaccessible
February 10, 2014 6:29 PM Subscribe
I'm trying to get some files off an internal hard drive I haven't used in 5 years or so. I believe this used to be my system drive for an old Macbook. I have a SATA to USB adapter, and just tried plugging it in to my current Macbook Pro (late 2009 model running latest version of Mavericks). I got the dreaded error, "The disk you inserted is not readable by this computer." What should I do next?
posted by dondiego87 to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've tried clicking "Initialize," but that just takes me to Disk Utility. I can see the drive there, but it's named "Disk Name Media" and there is no info or tools available. "Total capacity" says 0 bytes, and for "Partition map scheme" it says "Unformatted."
Do I need to try one of the disk recovery programs I've been hearing about for so long? They seem really expensive. Do any of them have a trial mode, or at least a way for me to see whether they can help before I pay for them? Do any of you have experience with any of these? Which would you recommend?
Thanks in advance.