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    Trying To Recover Data

    Hi all, I need to get data off a 2.5" IBM Travelstar IDE hdd from a laptop that blue screened to a 3.5" hdd. The desktop has 2 hard drives in it. A Seagate (master, jumpered) and a Maxtor (slave, not jumpered). I attached the 2.5 to the 2.5/3.5 adapter, and then the adapter to the Maxtor's IDE cable, and power. Did it 3 ways:unjumpered, jumpered as slave and jumpered as cable select. All three with the same results: "unknown device" for both Pri drive 0 and pri drive 1. Checked the BIOS, boot order is correct-HDD/CD-ROM. I tried it with a HDD from another laptop that had no problems, with the same results. Does this mean the IBM is a paper weight? And/or I scrammed the known good hdd-when I put it back in the laptop it came from, I seemed to be having the same problems. Ive used this same Dimension 4300 to do this in the past and it worked. Please help the handicapped.
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    why don't you just disconnect the cdrom and put the laptop drive on the secondary channel?

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    Beacuse I have to do everything the hard way What I got sucked into was 'there must be something wrong, I've done this the same way before and it worked. What is the *#@*^ problem?' Thanks for the ice water to the face. Thats better. I'll get right back to ya...
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    WOW, that was along time ago. I got sick and in the hospital. The drive has failed mechanically or electically. It has stopped spinning. Short of a forensic recovery (cost a fortune) is there anything I can do?
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    "IF" Windows can see the drive so can "data recovery" softwares.
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    Nothing can see the drive. It wont even spin up.
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    If you can find an identical drive you can try to trade out the PCB to see if you can get the disk to spin up again.
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    Yeah buddy! Identical 'donor' drive $130, good how-to here. And if I wanna really get jiggy, I can swap platters from the donor drive. I dont know if I even got the right tools. <whew>...Now if I could only find the jump drive I backed up those files to...
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    Quote Originally Posted by skippie
    Yeah buddy! Identical 'donor' drive $130
    Exactly, it would have to be some very vital data in order to go that far!
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    Pictures of my dog. Actually, I should try it just to see if I can make it work. I talked to these guys. $350 at the very least, probably more like $500 from what the tech said. But the eval is free.

    Their site mentions that "A desperate action to remedy a data loss issue can often compound the problem, with a serious possiblity of causing irreversible data loss." Hmm, I wonder if what I've done so far counts as "desperate".
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    $350 at the very least, probably more like $500 from what the tech said.
    And no Guarantee either I bet.
    Do you still have the dog?
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    Of course, no guarantee. Yes, I still have the dog. I know, I can take more pictures, but these were priceless. Also, my notes from my subatomic particle physics experiments were on that disk.
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