Can't access external drive on XP - previous Vista Boot Drive

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by mariaceleste358, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. Hi.

    My notebook hard drive (Vista Home) was failing and I was unable to
    backup my files before it wouldn't boot anymore. I hoped I could use
    the drive externally on my XP P4 desktop to transfer the files over.
    XP sees the drive as D & E (main partition and recovery partition).
    But when I try to access the drive, it just runs. I guess its trying
    to boot the disk. I am wondering what steps I need to take to be able
    to get the files off the disk.

    1. How to remove the MBR or otherwise stop the drive from trying to
    boot Vista. I thought about using jumpers to make it a slave. But I
    have no idea where they would go or if I could use them.
    2. Can I use another method to get the files?

    I am strictly software and not really too familiar with the inner
    workings of the notebook components. This is my 1st one after many
    many desktops.

    Anything that could potentially delete the user files is not an option
    (pictures, videos, etc.) Okay if the system files don't work anymore.

    Thanks so much.
    mariaceleste358, Aug 22, 2008
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  2. Em Sexta, 22 de Agosto de 2008 08:20, escreveu:
    ?? runs what?

    connect that disk after XP is loaded, then cancel the window that might
    fire-up after you connect the disk... then hold the "windows logo" key and
    press "e" while pressing down the "windows logo" key, it should open the
    file-explorer, locate you're personal files and copy them to the internal

    no need to... if one system is loaded, the computer will not load another
    HDs of laptops don't have those jumpers (there is no master/slave on laptops
    has they are limited to a singular disk).
    lots of them, a linux live-cd on the laptop would be the easy way
    (no need to extract the disk)
    Are you sure it is your disk failing? have you run a surface checking on
    that disk?
    I've seen a lot of Vista systems failing with few months of service, maybe
    it is just the system that is failing and not the disk.

    Sthief Ballmer, Aug 22, 2008
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  3. mariaceleste358

    Akeem Guest

    Hi mariaceleste,
    You wrote you see D & E drives on XP, it means your system has already boot,
    Akeem, Aug 22, 2008
  4. mariaceleste358

    joel406 Guest

    If XP is running no more booting is going on. The drive is spinning, an
    the system sees the partitions but can't display the contents of th
    drive. Thats what I get from your post

    Your drive is dead

    Your data will now need to go to someone that does data recovery. It'
    "very" expensive. Your looking at anywhere from $500 to $1500 or more
    joel406, Aug 22, 2008
  5. Thanks I was afraid of that. :(

    The tech at HP Support told me that it was probably trying to boot and
    I would have to set it as a slave. Pfft.

    To get the photos and videos of my kids back, I would pay any amount, I
    guess lots of people would hence the price. Googling data recovery now.
    mynameisstolen, Aug 22, 2008
  6. mariaceleste358

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, mariaceleste.
    No. It's booting into WinXP and then trying to just find files on that
    now-external HDD. WinXP is trying to read the external drive as strictly a
    DATA drive. That is, it sees that HDD as simply a warehouse for partitions,
    folders and files. It doesn't USE anything from that drive; it just tries
    to read from and write to it. It can make enough sense of the MBR (Master
    Boot Record) on that HD, including the partition table, to know that it has
    two partitions, but can't actually read the contents of those partitions.
    This is not a notebook v. desktop matter; they all work the same in this

    Before spending big bucks on a disk recovery service, you might want to try
    one of the several disk recovery programs on the market. One that has
    helped me recover almost all of my 4,000+ photos is R-Studio from or . It requires some
    technical skills, but it costs less than $100. You can download the demo
    and see if you think it fits you. R-Studio is certainly not the only
    option, but it's one that saved my data more than once.

    I've never had an HP, but my understanding of that recovery partition is
    that it contains nothing of importance to you. Everything on that can be
    replaced by HP. Vista or WinXP and most or all of your application software
    can be reinstalled. Worry about only your own data files. Nobody in the
    world can replace those for you.

    The most important rule in this situation is DON'T let anything write to
    that HDD until you've recovered your data or given up hope. Read all you
    want - or can - but every write has to go somewhere on that drive and it
    just might be over your photos, since there is no longer a road map or
    street signs on the disk. Once you've recovered (or given up), run the HD
    maker's test utility on the drive; it might be covered by their warranty.
    But warranties usually cover only the hardware, not recovery of your
    precious data.

    If you need further help, you might find more-focused guidance by asking in
    the vista.file_management newsgroup, rather than here in vista.general.

    Good luck. Let us know if we can help further.

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
    R. C. White, Aug 22, 2008
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