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I have a 2.5", 160gb sata drive that is having problems, it has error code 0x1F. I am not able to boot up with the drive but need to get some data off of it. I have read that if I buy an external enclosure for the drive that I would be able to plug it into a working computer and use it as a mass storage device and access the data. Is this info valid and if not, is there another fairly inexpensive way to retrieve it? Thanks
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  1. this is true specially if your drive is still alive, I mean your motherboard can detect it.
    before buying your enclosure just make sure that your drive is still working.
    Once sure then you're ready to go...

    good luck.
  2. That's an option. As long as it still spins, you can usually recover data.

    What I do is use an item like one of these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=usb+ide+sata+adapter&x=0&y=0

    Converts IDE or SATA to USB, so it appears like an external HDD, though you don't have to even put it in a case, etc. I have the Rosewill one on that list and have used it numerous times.
  3. jimmysan said:
    I have a 2.5", 160gb sata drive that is having problems, it has error code 0x1F. I am not able to boot up with the drive but need to get some data off of it. I have read that if I buy an external enclosure for the drive that I would be able to plug it into a working computer and use it as a mass storage device and access the data. Is this info valid and if not, is there another fairly inexpensive way to retrieve it? Thanks


    This is cheap and flexible

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153071&cm_re=blacx_thermaltake-_-17-153-071-_-Product
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153112&cm_re=blacx_thermaltake-_-17-153-112-_-Product
  4. I have one of those as well JackNaylorPE - I like it as well. It is a very similar idea to the cables, but is a more permanent fixture of my computer area - less mobile.
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