My laptop is having problems, so I took out the hard drive and put it in an external 2.5 inch external case connected by USB. Windows finds the drive as an external drive. I tried to access the files on it, and was told that I did not have permission.
As I was trying to find out what to do about that, another problem emerged. Now whenever I try to access the hard disk Windows never gets to it. In Windows Explorer I just get a green bar across the top that gets close to the end but never quite finishes.
I can tell the hard drive is being accessed because the light is blinking and I can feel the disk spinning. Also, I have no reason to believe that the hard drive is defective.
I'm not sure if this is a Windows problem or what. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
UPDATE: I should add that the laptop is Windows Vista, and the computer I am using to access the hard drive as an external hard disk is Windows 7.
UPDATE #2: I used a Ubuntu Live CD to boot up in Linux and check the external disk drive. I was able to access all folders, but when I tried to copy some of them, I got the same problem as in Windows. Luckily I was able to back up the most important documents. I'm not sure what the issue is, but will probably find out more as I work with it in Linux.
UPDATE #3: I found out one problem: I had not connected the three USB connectors correctly. Once I did that, I was able to see in Windows the same thing I was seeing in Linux. Now the only problem seems to be permissions. I am told that I do not have the right permission to access some of the files.
So I am back to the original problem: how can I change the permissions on those folders to access the files?
Last edited by Daanii; 22nd January 2012 at 01:20.
Or more correctly, the hardware problem has been solved. My hard drive enclosure has a USB cord with two connectors on one end and one connector on the other.
Both connectors on the same end of the USB cord need to be plugged into the computer to get enough power. Since I plugged them both in, I have not had any problems with the hardware side of things. The disk drive seems to be in fine shape.
The problem now is a Windows 7/Windows Vista problem. The hard drive comes from a Windows Vista laptop. I am accessing it from a Windows 7 desktop.
Some of the files I want to access I am said not to have permission to access. That is strange, since if I click on the Security tab under Properties for the folder in question, it says that all Administrators of this Windows 7 desktop have "all control" of the folder.
But I do not have any control, not even the ability to access the documents in the folder. That is my problem.
Thanks for the references, Pete. I have tried the steps outlined there.
When I try to change ownership of the files, it gets partway through and then hangs. But the end result appears to be that I have ownership of all the folders I am interested in.
When I check permissions, though, it says that I have full control over the folders I am interested in. So I should be able to access them. But it will not let me, saying that I do not have permission.
It's all very confusing. Unfortunately, I leave tomorrow for a week away, so I will have to let this sit until I get back. I'm not sure what to try next in any event.
I'm back from out of town, and trying to get some data off this hard drive to use for work. It looks now like a problem with the hard drive (bad blocks) prevents me from getting ownership of the files.
So I'm now trying to repair the bad blocks. I ran chkdsk D:/r in the command prompt of the computer that the hard drive is attached to. (The hard drive is now in a USB enclosure.) But chkdsk has been stuck at step 2, checking the index files, for more than an hour now. That does not look good.
No matter what I try to do with the hard drive, it hangs in the process. Any way to get past this logjam and save anything from the hard drive?
If you end up mangling the files and/or file system, the experts won't even be able to retrieve your files.
If the hard drive is worn out, there is no software that can fix it. It's mechanical, with moving parts and moving parts cause wear. Once that wear starts getting bad enough the drive is no longer able to reliably read/write data to the drive. Solution: Get your data copied off ... ASAP.
You need to image that drive ASAP and try to recover your data from the image rather than the drive itself. The more you thrash the drive trying to recover data with various tools, the more likely drive failure is going to be sooner rather than later.
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