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Slave Drive Problems

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February 27, 2014 4:51:19 PM

I am trying to add a slave HDD to my computer and am having some complications. The HDD I am using is a Seagate Barracuda ST3500630AS. The HDD is actually from a Lacie d2 Quadra External Hard Drive, I just removed it (computer wasn't recognizing it and I wanted a slave drive anyway). My computer boots up just like normal after installation, and I can actually see the HDD in Device Manager with its name listed under my master drive, however under properties it has almost nothing listed.

The last thing I want to do is have to format the slave drive, because I have alot of data on it.

Here is a screenshot from Device Manager.
http://i.imgur.com/NbilLOf.png
Everything under Volumes is blank.

Here it is under Disk Management
http://i.imgur.com/y1GThox.png
For some reason Volumes has information listed when displayed from Disk Management, but not Device Manager.

System Specs.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1JcL9

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a b G Storage
February 27, 2014 5:04:26 PM

Is the LaCie the 500gb drive (and is 500gb the true size of the drive) and do you have it connected via internal sata?

It looks like windows is reading the drive as "raw" which is why it shows as unallocated. This typically indicates an MBR failure and you may have to do a recovery. Can you put the drive back in the External and read it?

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February 27, 2014 5:14:08 PM

markwp said:
Is the LaCie the 500gb drive (and is 500gb the true size of the drive) and do you have it connected via internal sata?

It looks like windows is reading the drive as "raw" which is why it shows as unallocated. This typically indicates an MBR failure and you may have to do a recovery. Can you put the drive back in the External and read it?

Mark
When in the external my PC can't read it but my Mac can. I guess I could store all important info from the external onto the mac and then reformat the hard drive after installing it back into the computer. Would that work?

It says 500/465GB in some places. The SATA cable is actually one that was being used with the external hard drive case, I didn't have a spare.

EDIT: The Lacie is the 500GB. My master drive is 1TB.

I have seen elsewhere to use TestDisk. Here are some images:
http://i.imgur.com/voJTxOE.png
http://i.imgur.com/jfwuXJq.png
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a b G Storage
February 27, 2014 5:24:04 PM

Couple things to try:

Remove the sata cable from your cd/dvd drive and use that as the connection instead of the cable from the LaCie and see if you can read it using that cable. Sometimes the supplied sata cables for external drives have extra data pins connected that screw up "normal" use.

If that doesn't work, then storing your data on the Mac will be the quickest alternative. However, do get another sata cable from BestBuy, Frys or Walmart.

You can certainly use TestDisk (I had to do that today to recover my wife's phone sd). It's a great program, but be advised that in default format it will search for virtually every file extension you have ever heard of and it will take several hours to go thru everything. You can change the defaults to search for specific file types (doc, jpg, pdf, etc), just be sure you know ALL the file types you will have on that drive.

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