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Moving hard drive to external enclosure - how?!

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April 10, 2010 10:16:41 PM

Hello,

I have a very tired samsung X20 laptop. It has: 1.7 ghz, 2 gig ram, 250 gig western digital hard drive WD2500BEVE - with IDE type connection. Windows xp home with sp3.

All has been rosey untill the connection where hard drive is placed onto the motherboard was broken. Not a problem I though as I have an enclosure to put the drive in then connect using the usb. All wired up I turned the computer on, nothing in the drive bay and the same hard drive in the enclosure connected via usb.

The first screen is windows telling me it didn't shut down correctly and asking if I wish to load in safe mode, with or without networking etc or just to continue as normal. First choice was to load as normal. The usual loading sequence begins and the windows sign is shown with the blue(?) pulsing bar below. Great all looking good... no! Then I get a quick flash of horrid blue screen, less than a second, followed by the computer restarting becoming a repetitions cycle. Other load options create the same results.

So the question is how can I use the same drive everything already installed just how I like it with it outside the computer?

Thanks for any help!
April 11, 2010 2:20:58 AM

Sounds like the BIOS is already set to boot from external removeable drives if Windows tries to load. I think it is more likely that your Windows was corrupted (maybe in the same incident that damaged the connector?).

Try booting into the Last Known Good Configuration (and/or safe mode if Last Known Good fails) by tapping the F8 key rapidly when starting up the computer. This will open the Windows Startup Menu and give you the above options (along with others) to choose from.

If you have to use safe mode, do so and then proceed to run a chkdsk /r on your C: drive.

Let us know how you make out and whether you have any other questions.

Cheers!
April 11, 2010 3:22:32 PM

Thanks for the reply.

So... I pressed the F8 key and got the options up like you said. Tried most, all with the same results - windows starting followed by the same blue flash and a restart. One option was to 'Disable automatic restart on system failure'. This stopped the blue screen flash and gave me this blue screen message:

A problem has been detected and windows has beebeen shut down to prevent damage to your computer.

If this is the first time blar blar blar

technical information
*** STOP: 0×0000007B (0×F78AA528, 0×C0000034, 0×00000000, 0×00000000)

I had looked using google for usb installations and most pointed to fresh installs on flash usb sticks. I, however, just want to convert what I already have.

Any more ideas? Thanks again.
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April 11, 2010 4:46:24 PM

The STOP: 0×0000007B error is also associated with hard drives being moved into a new computer and the registry trying to use the wrong controller driver. This is possible in your system as well, because the drive even though connected to the same laptop is now using a different connection method.

First question before we proceed. Is there data on the drive that you need to save and if so, do you have another computer you can connect the external drive to so that you can backup your data to a safe place?
April 11, 2010 5:13:09 PM

Most of what is on the drive is not backed up. I don't have another computer - I'm using my phone to access the internet - Trips to internet cafe will be done in case of the need to download. If I did have a place to back up it is still within the 'my documents' and password protected. I do have other hard drives if I can find a way to get the computer working externally.

Am I correct in thinking I need to somehow give windows the right driver for external loading?

All the best
April 11, 2010 5:22:04 PM

Yes, I believe so. I am just hesitant to suggest that you try a Windows Repair install while you data is not backed up. It should not delete it, but sometimes repairing the corruption brings unexpected results.

The My Documents password-protection can be overridden from another computer by taking ownership of the folder.

Do you have a Windows CD or was it one of those recovery partition configurations?
April 11, 2010 5:28:15 PM

Yes I have the Windows CD. I have also tried a new install on a different drive. This works up until the point where windows restarts to continue the installation. I assume for the same reasons.
April 11, 2010 5:37:23 PM

Ok. That helps eliminate my controller driver idea. A fresh install should resolve that. Does your BIOS settings (under boot options) have settings dealing with botting to a USB device?
April 11, 2010 5:55:40 PM

In the bios I have a section 'boot'. Here I can change the 'Boot Device Priority'. By pressing F5/6 I get to change the order of CD-ROM, hard drive and removable devices.

The hard drive has a '+' next to it which when the usb and caddy is plugged in can expand to give details of the drive. ie WDC WD25 00BEVE-00WZT0
April 11, 2010 5:59:35 PM

Try setting the removable device as the first boot option to see what happens.
April 11, 2010 6:16:19 PM

Tried. Doesn't seem to change any thing. Sadly I ended up with the same result and error code.
April 11, 2010 6:24:09 PM

Ok Benson01. I am wondering whether we can run Windows XP this way and Microsoft seems to say it can not be done. I have discovered a website that says otherwise. I think you should follow his directions using one of your hard drives that do not have your data on it, just to test his claim. Let me know how you make out (I think I will try his procedure myself as well... just for the knowledge). Here is the link:

http://www.ngine.de/index.jsp?pageid=4176
April 11, 2010 6:52:11 PM

I'm having a look now, and may be some time! Thank you. I will post back on my success or lack of!
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