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October 26, 2012 4:55:06 PM

Okay, frustrated here beyond belief. My wonderful Grandmother had an OLD Dell workstation PC with mini Power Supply and P4 CPU. IDE WD 40 GB hard drive.
It has since stopped booting up saying only No Boot Device Found. I AM ONLY After her old pics. The PC is a relic and bound to be recycled.
I had a friend with a similar P4 Dell with IDE and XP pro. Put the drive in the working PC....same error..bios said unrecognized Hard drive.

Bought an old ME320x USB IDE enclosure. Will not recognize the drive. It does see the mass starage. Other IDE drives used in the enclosure work fine.

Is the drive just dead? It is a WD400 S/N WMAMA4090336 40 Gig made in 2005.

BOTTOM LINE: can I get Grandma's pics from this drive?

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October 26, 2012 5:29:04 PM

update:
further reading on the ME320x USB external enclosure shows some known incompatibility with Western Digital hard drives. Any ideas here?
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October 26, 2012 5:43:37 PM

It's a old IDE drive.... Have you played with the jumpers.... Master/Slave/CS
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October 26, 2012 5:44:55 PM

i keep a cheap external enclosure around for this kind of thing, i picked mine up at goodwill for i think 7 dollars.
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October 26, 2012 5:48:10 PM

bman120579 said:
Okay, frustrated here beyond belief. My wonderful Grandmother had an OLD Dell workstation PC with mini Power Supply and P4 CPU. IDE WD 40 GB hard drive.
It has since stopped booting up saying only No Boot Device Found. I AM ONLY After her old pics. The PC is a relic and bound to be recycled.
I had a friend with a similar P4 Dell with IDE and XP pro. Put the drive in the working PC....same error..bios said unrecognized Hard drive.

Bought an old ME320x USB IDE enclosure. Will not recognize the drive. It does see the mass starage. Other IDE drives used in the enclosure work fine.

Is the drive just dead? It is a WD400 S/N WMAMA4090336 40 Gig made in 2005.

BOTTOM LINE: can I get Grandma's pics from this drive?


This is the sign of hard drive failure.
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October 26, 2012 5:50:27 PM

The drive is likely dead. A data recovery service like Ontrack will probably be able to recover all or most of the files on it; you will need to decide if it's worth the price. I believe they (and similar services) charge a modest diagnostic fee, then tell you what they'll be able to recover and what it will cost. If you want to pay, they recover the drive and send you the files.
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October 26, 2012 6:28:45 PM

if it a software issue with a partion sometime drive software recovery tools can fix the issue where you can recover the data.
with an old drive you have to see if it the spindle or the controler card that may have failed. if the drive is spinning but not seeking then the controller pbc card may have failed. if the drive not spinning or it spins up and down or it maing a lound buzzing sound or clicking...then it hardware of the drive. sometime with old drives if you swap the pbc board from the failed drive to a new one from the same drive model. sometime you can get the old drive to work to get the data off. myself if the photos cant be lost i would not fool with the drive. the more you do the harded it will be for a drive lab to recover the photos. it may cost a few$$ to do it but she should be able to get most of them off the drive. if your grandma has photos now she cant lose help her with a back up plan so that she wont lose any on her new pc. (usb sticks). use a free data backuo or cloud service. a lot of them now have 4-8g of free online storage. she should be able to back up a lot of family photos to online storage. most of the new software is one click or once it set up make daily..weekly or monthly backup of the folder you want saved.
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October 26, 2012 6:48:39 PM

anonymous1 said:
It's a old IDE drive.... Have you played with the jumpers.... Master/Slave/CS



Yes, original position was master. Tried CS as well as slave. No go.
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