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Windows 7: HDD Question

21 Jul 2011   #1
EvolutionZero

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
HDD Question

I took the HDD out of my laptop and I am debating to go to Fry's electronics to buy a Sata to usb adapter so i can connect it to my desktop and retrive my music files. The hdd has a couple of errors, Cant find NTLDR, corrupt registry (CHKDSK cant fix) and a unmountable boot volume. will i be able to find my files if i connect it like a regular usb to my desktop?


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21 Jul 2011   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, most likely you will be able to find your files using the adapter.
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21 Jul 2011   #3
Tchernobog76

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit
 
 

Ultimately, the HDD is not operable under an internal enviroment.
Using a SATA to USB adaptor, you CAN transfer content (such as.. Music, Movies, and stuffs) you just can't use the OS.
So most likely for his scenario you're set, hence you're not using the OS
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21 Jul 2011   #4
FliGi7

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Possibly. You won't know until you try it.
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21 Jul 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Mike, welcome to Seven Forums!


Have a look at this tutorial linked below to see if this method will help get the data out without removing the HDD from the lappy and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


How to Copy & Paste in Recovery Console on Windows 7 or Vista

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22 Jul 2011   #6
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
Possibly. You won't know until you try it.
Agreed. If you are having errors now, they may still affect you. If me, the first thing I would do after installing that drive in an enclosure is run chkdsk /r on it to check for, and possibly repair any errors. Note, chkdsk can be run on the drive in the original machine from the Recovery Console too.
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22 Jul 2011   #7
EvolutionZero

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FliGi7 View Post
Possibly. You won't know until you try it.
Agreed. If you are having errors now, they may still affect you. If me, the first thing I would do after installing that drive in an enclosure is run chkdsk /r on it to check for, and possibly repair any errors. Note, chkdsk can be run on the drive in the original machine from the Recovery Console too.
Tried CHKDSK, Registry is badly corrupted that it wont fix it.
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22 Jul 2011   #8
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

The Registry should have nothing to do with it, unless you tried to run chkdsk on the same drive you booted from. That is, if installed on another computer as a secondary drive, the Registry does not matter.
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22 Jul 2011   #9
EvolutionZero

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Digerati View Post
The Registry should have nothing to do with it, unless you tried to run chkdsk on the same drive you booted from. That is, if installed on another computer as a secondary drive, the Registry does not matter.
I did. It had to many "Unrecoverable" items
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23 Jul 2011   #10
Digerati

Windows 7 Profession 64-bit
 
 

No, sorry. You are not following. When you use chkdsk /r to run on a secondary drive (not the boot drive), or you run chkdsk /r from the Recovery Console, the Registry is not used, or read in as the Registry, just bytes on the disk as any data is read. For example, if you have Microsoft Word installed on your drive, chkdsk would not know it is a Word file - it just knows there is data on the disk.

Are you sure it is not reporting the drive or volume had unrecoverable items?
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