XP to Vista (ide/sata) Mystery

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Confused, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Confused

    Confused Guest

    My old XP pc died with a case of capacitor plague.

    I replaced it with a Vista pc. I thought that I would have no problem moving
    my data because on my other setup, I had kept all of my 'stuff' on a separate
    HDD (partitioned into 4 parts).

    Once I had gotten my Vista up & running, I felt ready to move-in my data
    drive from the xp machine. When I cracked open the case, I found that it was
    a sata setup -- my data drive was ide.

    I got this Addonics IDE to Serial ATA Converter to 'make it work'. This
    converter is a small circuit board that plugs into the ide connection on the
    hard drive. You use all leads from a Y power plug to power the ide hard
    drive & the circuit board (the circuit board uses the small floppy) a sata
    wire plugs into the circuit board & into your motherboard. I changed the
    mode select from cable to master. (as directed in the feeble instructions)

    On my motherboard there are 4 sata plugins. #1 is my primary HDD. #2 was my
    DVD. I plugged the converted ide drive into #3.
    When I started up Vista. I got a black screen. I let it set for about 3-4
    Then I got worried. I tried to enter bios setup but nothing happenned. I
    waited another 3-4 minutes. Got really worried so I turned the pc off &
    disconnected the ide converter setup. Started Vista without any delay, no
    warnings that the computer was shut down improperly. Yeah !! NOT.....

    I still needed my data. So, I got a ide to usb wire setup from Sabrent that
    has its own power supply. I hooked the ide drive up to it & started Vista. It
    saw the drive but didn't give it a drive assignment. It wasn't listed in
    device management (just device manager) & you couldn't see it in Computer.

    So, confused. I moved the ide drive to usb wire setup to my XP laptop to see
    if I could see it. Got the same results that I had with Vista.

    Took the ide back to my dead XP == bios recognizes the drive when though the
    machine no longer boots up. Ran a dos Seagate drive analysis on the ide
    drive. It checked out ok. It says the the partition is present but gives no

    I took my old C:\ drive out of the dead pc & hooked it up to the ide/usb
    wire setup to my XP laptop -- just to see if it the ide/usb wire setup was
    faulty. It wasn't. Files from the drive popped right up for viewing like it
    was a music cd....

    Tried my data drive again. No change. No viewable data. No drive number. No
    access from disk management.

    Got Partition Recovery for Dos (demo) & hooked the data ide back up to the
    dead pc for a look see. It saw the C:\ drive. It saw the data drive. BUT,
    it said the data drive was unassigned. I've been letting it run an extended
    search for a partition for about 6 hours now. It still says that it's found 0

    I have not a clue what could have happenned to the data drive partitions. I
    don't have a way now to run windows on an ide drive. I'm afraid to hook it
    back up to Vista using the converter.

    Partition Recovery for Dos instructions did kind of make me wonder if it
    only detected system partitions... & if Partition Recovery for Windows only
    detected non system partitions. ANY body know??

    My old XP died while I was on the internet. It froze. I rebooted. I never
    got my system back afterwards. Just the dreaded blue screen message & then
    the notice that to avoid further damage to my system, windows was shutting
    down. There is NO doubt that capacitors were bulging, slightly leaking &
    discolored. I assume that was the problem after reading about it & finding no
    other viable remedy.

    Point being, I was not in anyway accessing my data drive when the machine
    went down. As a matter of fact, I had immediately disconnected the drive so
    that I wouldn't mess her up while I rebooted, rebooted, tried system recovery
    & the like before I found the capacitor problem.

    Odd thing about Partition Recovery is that it claims the data drive has 75g
    -- but its an 80g drive. I'm wondering if my partitions are still intact but
    PC is unable to detect them using their DOS version of the program.

    I can't seem to find another program that runs strickly out of DOS at bootup.

    I need some clues or direction to go next. ANYBODY ?? Please.

    Oh yeah, as you can tell. No backup. Didn't have any more internal space &
    my usb external drives have never worked on my xp desktop -- so I blew them
    off as wasted purchases.....
    Confused, Jan 22, 2009
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  2. It seems the Addonics is not compatible with your motherboard and/or drive.

    Connect the drive to your IDE/USB device and start Vista.
    Go to Disk Management and see if the disk is recognised. If it is, assign a
    drive letter and it will then appear in Computer.
    Dominic Payer, Jan 22, 2009
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    Confused Guest

    I guess that you got lost in my long windedness....
    Been there. Did that. I tried the ide/usb on vista before i tried it on my
    xp laptop.
    It wasn't recognized on either. Thats why/where I decided to look into the
    partition possibilities. I was afraid that the time I had the ide/sata hooked
    up it was writing or changing the ide drive.... Any clue about the partition
    Confused, Jan 22, 2009
  4. Yeah... shitcan the DOS partition manager and get something more

    Google EASEUS
    Nate Grossman, Jan 22, 2009
  5. You have established that the IDE/USB device works correctly with your old C

    Are you certain that your new system has no IDE connector? Review the specs
    for whichever motherboard it contains to find out. Sometimes IDE connectors
    are on the edge of the board facing outwards.

    Since you have had hardware problems, particularly with capacitors, there
    have almost certainly been power fluctuations for some time. Such
    fluctuations can damage the drive and/or the data structure on it.

    Drive failure could be co-incidence, and not related to the system problem.

    1. Are any of the IDE drive pins bent or broken?
    2. Run a full set of the drive manufacturer's diagnostics to discover
    whether any part of the drive is reported damaged. Be sure to include a
    surface test, but do not let the program repair the drive. Repair is often a
    low-level format which would destroy your data.
    3. If the above reveal no fault, it is the partition table and/or the Master
    File Table which is damaged. You need either a competent local specialist to
    repair the partition table or a data recovery specialist. Amateur and/or
    incompetent attempts to recover the data could make an expensive trip to a
    data recovery specialist essential.
    Dominic Payer, Jan 22, 2009
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    SgtBaxter Guest

    I can stop you right there, as it's been my experience these converter
    are usually very problematic, if they even work at all. They're ver
    fickle and can work with one drive, but not another. Avoid them like th

    Can you return that thing? I'd suggest returning it and purchasing
    PCI IDE controller card.

    This Rosewill one says it works with Vista 32 or 64, and it's $12 ---
    'Newegg.com - Rosewill RC-208 PCI IDE (ATA) Silicon Image Hos
    Controller un-RAID Card - Also Supports Window Vista Ready - Controller
    / RAID Cards


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    Confused Guest

    yes. when i take out the system (c:\) drive from the dead xp & attach it to
    the laptop xp using the ide/usb cable i am able to read the c:\ drive files
    just as if it were a music cd or such... it has a drive letter assignment.

    yes. i am certain that my new vista pc does NOT have an ide connector. it
    does have a fdd1 connector(floppy) but that doesn't help me a bit. the
    motherboard is a ms-7525.

    there are NOT any bent, broken or otherwise visible defects in the ide pins.
    i know that the ide/usb cable works because i can use it successfully with
    the other ide (c:\) drive.

    i have run a seagate diagnostic on the ide data drive (like a said
    originally). i ran the full diagnostic. it checked out on every aspect ok.
    the data drive is a maxtor MX6L080J4. the check indicated that a partition
    was "present" but it gives no other specifics. (seagate & maxtor are one in
    the same these days as i understand it)

    i honestly don't think that drive is bad. i have never had a problem with
    seagate telling me that my drive was failing in the past -- if it was. for
    this instance, it is checking out OK.

    odd though that it says that a partition is present -- where partition
    recovery says that the drive is "unallocated". the extended search for a
    partition by partition recovery i gave up on... i don't think that it was
    ever going to finish after running in dos for 8 hours... i certainly don't
    want to create any more problems on the drive than necessary even though the
    partition recovery is just a trial version and thus can effect zero changes
    to the drive.

    i do feel that it is possible that the partition were somehow damaged from
    the hookup to the addonics ide/sata board --i can think of no other viable
    scenerio at the moment -- but believe me, i am no expert. if i were -- i
    probably would have tried the addonics thing out on the dead xp c:\ drive
    first. i don't care a thing about that system or the files on the disk. LIVE
    & LEARN.

    in partition recovery you can visualize the drive in hexidecimal -- i guess
    its hexidecimal, all i see are 00's throughout each sector -- expect on the
    beginning of each sector which is 01. means nothing to me. i've jumped
    through the disk ... but just to sector 55000 (its really slow in dos) but
    that's really not very far in the scheme of 80g.

    it just bothers me that seagate says a partition is present. partition
    recovery says there isn't one --but partition recovery sets the drive at 75g
    -- when it is an 80g drive. i'm hoping that my partition is still intact in
    that 5g (i guess)

    after seeing all of the 00 in partition recovery sectors... i'm afraid that
    the drive is blank thoughout. seems to me that if you can delete files &
    recover them.... if you can reformat a drive & recover files..... THEN THERE
    OUGHT TO BE A WAY FOR ME TO GRAB MY DATA. i want so desparately to believe
    that this is not hopeless.
    Confused, Jan 22, 2009
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    Confused Guest

    Thanks for the link. I just ordered one of these to give 'her a try.

    I have a question about your experience with converters -- is it possible
    that it damaged the partition of the ide? I don't understand what I'm seeing
    out of my seagate, partition recovery, ide/usb exercises.... my ultimate fear
    is that the data has somehow been zapped. Any experience there?

    I am not giving up yet........Just trying not to panic.
    Confused, Jan 22, 2009
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    Confused Guest

    Ok-- just thinking here....

    Dos doesn't recognize NTFS does it? That being TRUE, then partition
    recovery would NOT be able to find the partitions because.... they are NTFS?
    OR are all
    partitions written is FAT formats?

    Confused...is more confused.
    Confused, Jan 22, 2009
  10. It seems the disk is good but the partition table is damaged. Your data
    should be recoverable if the disk partition table can be repaired, though
    the data might be damaged.

    Any operating system can read the partition table and know how many, and
    what size, partitions there are. The OS will not be able to read the
    contents of a partition if it does not include the necessary drivers.

    The partition recovery program you have is not able to analyse the partition
    table correctly. You said there were 4 partitions on the disk and it can see
    only 1 and it cannot analyse that correctly. Such recovery programs can only
    deal with known types of partition table corruption. The problems you have
    had are likely to cause unusual damage to the partition table.

    You need someone who can use a hex editor to repair the partition table
    directly. It is beyond your ability to do this and while there might be a
    program which could do the job you would only find it by luck, if it exists.
    Dominic Payer, Jan 23, 2009
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    SgtBaxter Guest

    Sure it's possible something got screwy on the drive, but I think onc
    it's hooked up to a proper controller card things will work

    I had similar issues with USB to SCSI converters, and experienced muc
    the same problems, where the drive would look attached, but ther
    wouldn't be any data showing. Thought the same thing, but once th
    drives were hooked up to a real controller card they worked like

    These types of problems even crop up with things like DVI->HDMI cable
    or DVI->VGA cables where things don't work right


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