Why can I see the file structure of an external Hard Drive, but not be able to read or copy any of the actual files?
A friend of mine's computer crashed on him recently. He was able to boot up, but when the system tried to start Windows, he got a message saying that a certain necessary file was missing. He gave me the Hard Drive in an attempt to pull his important files off of it so he could reformat the drive and start anew.
It is an SATA 3.5" drive for a desktop computer. I have attached it to my Windows XP SP2 laptop via a USB 2.0 to SATA cable. My computer recognizes the two partitions on the drive and mounts them accordingly. I can see the files on the drive. However, when I try to read or copy a file from the drive, I get a "Cannot Find the Specified File." error.
What do I do?
posted by soy_renfield
on Apr 7, 2008 -
I think I'm finally switching to Ubuntu on my main machine. I have two 160GB external drives, currently both with NTFS, currently mirrored (by software, not a RAID). With what and how should I format/use these guys? [more inside]
posted by tmcw
on Mar 14, 2008 -
Ahhh! My Mac crapped out! Can anyone recommend a good data recovery company that is dependable but won't charge me an arm and a leg to retrieve my files? I really hope so. I have a lot of photos and files that I would be SO distraught over losing. MY MORALE IS IN YOUR HANDS!!! [more inside]
posted by lukeklein
on Feb 7, 2008 -
How long will it take to do a 7 pass US DoD 5220 Compliant data wipe on a 120 GB Hard Drive? [more inside]
posted by meta.mark
on Feb 6, 2008 -
Old Computer Filter: I was cleaning out a few boxes the other day from my closet and found my ST-251-1 MFM drive that I had in my first IBM based PC. It had a whopping 40MB. Even though I know it may not boot up after all this time, I still can't help but wonder if it will and would love a chance to see a snapshot of what I was doing computer-wise in 1986. Does anyone in the Hivemind know if there is an adapter/card/whatever to plug an old MFM drive into IDE or USB?
posted by damiano99
on Feb 1, 2008 -
short history: I started to get blue screens on my outdated laptop so I decided to just buy a new one. My new laptop came, I installed a fresh version of xp, rebooted, and plugged my old external in. I got the "Installing drivers for you new hardware" bubble in the task bar then after opening the external drive none of my files were there, but there was the four following:
clean (Windows nt command script)
install (folder )
windows (folder.. with a windows installation I didn't do!)
$$ rename (text document)
230 gigs gone :( The only thing I can think of is the initial blue screens on my OLD laptop were caused by a virus that had infected my external drive?
This had all my school notes, notes on books I've read, photos, backups of my old laptops partitions, all that kind of stuff from the past 3 years. I'm feeling kinda, sick, pissed off, and am wondering what the crap could have happened? Any help on this one would be VERY appreciated.
posted by debu
on Jan 11, 2008 -
I have an external hard drive on my Christmas list. I'd like to make the shopping easy on them by giving specific choices. I've done some searching (here and via Gooooogle) but I need that extra oomph from the genius that is the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by Epsilon-minus semi moron
on Dec 9, 2007 -
I am tired of the P4 Intellistation that picked out of the trash. For some reason all my hard disks keep breaking. I am really tired of having to constantly open up my computer and buying new disks. I'm in the market for a cheap, small Linux PC that can stream HD content over the network. Is there such a thing? Kind of like a Mac mini but not so expensive or powerful. [more inside]
posted by Napierzaza
on Dec 5, 2007 -
Is there such a thing as a hard drive enclosure that supports both
SATA 2.5in and 3.5in drives? [more inside]
posted by advil
on Nov 21, 2007 -
My LaCie 500 GB external hard drive is being uncooperative today - its main partition was deleted somehow. I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary, just plugged it in and Windows saw it as a blank disk. Although I see the lost partition in TestDisk, repeated attempts to recover it have proved to be fruitless. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by charlesroper
on Nov 20, 2007 -
Can I back up / clone my Mac HD to an external HD then swap the Main and external drives? [more inside]
posted by sandra_s
on Nov 12, 2007 -
Is Firefox churning my Powerbook? When I have more than a few tabs open, I hear (and see- on my little menubar app) heavy hard drive activity. It feels like it gets stuck in some kind of endless swap and the performance of the machine seems to suffer. More importantly, the noise drives me nuts. I suspect Firefox memory management issues. I know Firefox has a bad rep in this dept. Suggestions? Tweeks? Opera?
posted by Area Control
on Nov 6, 2007 -
One of my hard drives threw a SMART error last night, but the symptoms are inconsistent with the self-diagnosis. What is the best way to do further testing? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga
on Oct 31, 2007 -
When using an external hard-drive with a Mac, is a speed advantage gained by using a drive formatted with HFS+ (over FAT32/etc.)? And while I'm asking... [more inside]
posted by wavejumper
on Oct 29, 2007 -
Here is the deal.
I have a client who brought in a hard drive with a "smoked" circuit board. He is filing a claim on his insurance for it AND the data that was on it.
Fine. BUT...he wants us to "prove" that the circuit board failure happened as a result of a power surge and NOT as a natural failure of the board.
I don't believe that is possible at this point.
I am a computer tech, so I am looking for input from attorneys, electricians, and anyone else who can proffer and opinion. Thanks in advance!
posted by titans13
on Oct 15, 2007 -
I have a Mac laptop, which replaced my PC which I used for many years.....I recently found out that there is some files and such on my PC that I need to take of my computer and store onto my new external hard drive....Yes, I should of did this before hand.... [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid
on Sep 20, 2007 -
Hard Drive Filter: Someone explain to me how SATA and AHCI work. [more inside]
posted by lou
on Aug 28, 2007 -
What is the best wireless external hard drive and connection method? I intend this hard drive to be my music library for iTunes. I am trying to free up memory but still want iTunes to function like it does when the music is on the computer's hard drive. Is this possible? I have a macbook pro intel duo.
posted by MNDZ
on Jul 11, 2007 -
my brother had a corrupt system file that causes windows XP media center ed. to not boot up. while in the recovery console, he accidentally clicked an option to restore the computer to factory settings. Is it possible to recover the data he lost?
posted by FireStyle
on Jun 18, 2007 -
HardDriveFilter: I'm getting some weird behaviour from my external drive. Help! And I don't mean it's wearing funny stockings and a mask! [more inside]
posted by damiano99
on Apr 5, 2007 -
I need a new laptop harddrive. Can I use any that is physically the same size, or must I stick with HP? [more inside]
posted by simonash
on Mar 2, 2007 -
My computer recently crapped out and I desperately need to get back the files on my hard drive. I bought a HD enclosure which did not help me out. I tried to change the permission on the files, but it kept telling me that I need to format everything. Is there any other way I could get my files back? (The computer is completely done, but the hard drive is alive.) [more inside]
posted by cheero
on Feb 28, 2007 -
Main hard drive is about to die...New hard drive ready... Is there some way to copy drivers for video card, sound card, printer, etc, from the current OS hard drive to my external hard drive and then put them on my new hard drive with the newly installed windows? [more inside]
posted by matthelm
on Feb 5, 2007 -
I turn computer on then drive spins up and then a very low click and the machine turns off! My question is will I benefit from putting this drive (120GB) in the freezer in a plastic bag then trying again or should I try and read from Knoppix, though I don't know if the machine will even boot enough for me to get to the BIOS to change the drive order and boot from CD.
posted by thinktwice
on Jan 18, 2007 -
My friend is trying to finish his album on pro tools but is running out of hard drive space. [more inside]
posted by phaedon
on Jan 12, 2007 -
How can I get access to my protected image folder from a dead laptop and find my email that i backed up on that drive from a new computer? [more inside]
posted by aussicht
on Jan 9, 2007 -
My Lacie Big D2 500gb external hard drive is no longer seen on my powerbook or pc – how would I retrieve the data off it without handing it to a data recovery company? [more inside]
posted by Johnny Showbiz
on Jan 5, 2007 -
Can an Outlook contact file be recovered after the HD has been wiped and the OS is reinstalled? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan
on Jan 3, 2007 -
My Western Digital MyBook has a folder on it called "iPod control." I have tried deleting it, but it always comes back. This hard drive has had this "feature" since I bought it."
As a result of this, my Rhapsody software keeps thinking I have an iPod attached to my computer when I don't.
I realize this hard drive is only trying to be helpful, but this quirk makes me want to beat it with a hose.
posted by 4ster
on Dec 29, 2006 -
Is there anywhere I can find step-by-step instructions for installing a Linux distro (Ubuntu in particular) on my PowerBook G4's external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani
on Dec 22, 2006 -
Why does my bread become *hard* when stale, yet my crackers (graham, oreos) become *soft* when stale?
posted by 777
on Nov 8, 2006 -
I want to buy a new computer but don't want to reinstall everything from my old one: how far can ghosting hard drives take me? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish
on Oct 1, 2006 -
LinuxN00bFilter: Linux and/or dual boot from external USB HD (not pen/flash drive, but a real hard drive) -- how? [more inside]
posted by treepour
on Oct 1, 2006 -