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  1. #21
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    assigned a drive letter, it shows up fine but I still can't do anything with it.
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  2. #22
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    Don't panic -- it sounds like your physical drive is fine. Just Windows died.

    Once you determine what kind of drive you have (IDE, SATA, etc), it will be pretty easy to recover your images.

    If I were you, I'd consider purchasing a "Hard Drive Enclosure" -- many are available in the $20 or $25 range. For example, here's one from New Egg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817145375

    Again, make sure you get the correct size (3.5" desktop or 2.5" laptop) and format (SATA, IDE, etc.). This will convert your drive to an external USB drive.

    Copy your valuable data, then reformat the drive and use it for backups and extra storage.

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  3. #23
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjmdrumz3 View Post
    assigned a drive letter, it shows up fine but I still can't do anything with it.
    Post a screen shot (use Print Screen then paste into an image program) of what you're seeing, otherwise I have no idea what's going on.
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  4. #24
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    Hang on, there's no need to open up the PC and move the hard drive to an external case. If the drive itself is fine, one should focus on just purely having an external boot source, opening up a machine, especially if you don't know what you're doing, is just a cry for some guy to make money off you fixing your PC later.

    Firstly, So if the Windows install is indeed rooted, first try doing a repair of it if you can get your hands on a copy of the Windows OS Install CD (and if you don't have one, you really should acquire one...)

    Secondly, even sparing repairing your existing installation, just buy an existing external hard drive, they are as cheap as chips these days and almost as common. 3.5" 1TB drives are even very affordable these days, and when you combine their External PSU+USB2 interface with the 7200rpm drives (vs more costly USB Power Assisted 5400rpm 2.5" drives) it makes for a decent package for both booting off (at faster speeds than your laptop is likely to boot natively, if it is indeed a laptop) and better for copying files to too. (Just to complicate things further, if your PC has eSATA or Firewire 800 ports, get an external which supports those connections, as it'll free up your CPU when copying files and give you superior copying/booting speeds than USB2).

    Problem is, you need another an OS installation still if you do the second (ie try to boot off another hard drive to copy off your existing Windows hard drive), so that brings you point to my first point. Get a Windows OS CD!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberwlf View Post
    Secondly, even sparing repairing your existing installation, just buy an existing external hard drive, they are as cheap as chips these days and almost as common. 3.5" 1TB drives are even very affordable these days, and when you combine their External PSU+USB2 interface with the 7200rpm drives (vs more costly USB Power Assisted 5400rpm 2.5" drives) it makes for a decent package for both booting off (at faster speeds than your laptop is likely to boot natively, if it is indeed a laptop) and better for copying files to too. (Just to complicate things further, if your PC has eSATA or Firewire 800 ports, get an external which supports those connections, as it'll free up your CPU when copying files and give you superior copying/booting speeds than USB2).
    1. USB 2.0 limits transfers to around 30MB/sec. This is slower than modern laptop hard drives, even if they are only 5400RPM. The 250GB HDD in my laptop does around 50MB/s tested by HDTune.

    2. eSATA is nice. I always transfer this way when I can. Gets me about 3x the speed of USB 2.0

    3. USB 3.0 is coming...when, I don't know, but it sure will be nice. eSATA may be fast, but it isn't as user friendly or plug-and-play.
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  6. #26
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    USB 3.0 just confuses kjm further :P As i dont think its in any consumer level products yet. I think there's even a new faster FW too, but nothing in a product yet either.

    Good point re USB2 transfer limit Vs drive transfer limit, but part of that is also determined by the chipset the external case uses, some externals support 'turbo' style operations, and some even support multiple USB connections to surpass USB 2.0 limits.

    Granted, FW800/eSATA is way better supported/more common, and any modern PC can support either, with eSATA support easy to get. eSATA 1 supports upto 1.5GBit, eSATA 2 supports upto 3GBit. eSATA 2 if it became more common (ie built in more often) would really negate the need for USB 3.0 for external hard drives actually, you know, for when USB 3.0 actually goes mainstream that is! Because USB3's fallback to USB2 speeds is far more painful a transition than eSATA 2 to 1. That said, USB3.0 is promising 5GBit transfer rates, but then eSATA 3 is coming...and THAT does 6GBit!.... But THEN there is the consideration that standard hard disks only really support upto 1.5GBit xfer rates anyhow, so unless a person gets a SSD then it'll go upto 3Gbit potentially, meaning we don't even really need anything faster than eSATA 2!

    Anyhow, sorry for going OT here kjm!
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  7. #27
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    One of the main things is more power supplied by the USB 3.0 port, meaning the drive can be powered without a plug/adapter. USB is much more plug and play also.
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  8. #28
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    Both USB and Firewire are Plug n Play and offer self powered options actually

    You'll find USB copied Firewire in those respects, there's more self powered USB devices purely as USB became more popular and Firewire devices have often been of the less portable nature to have a need for being self powered, but Firewire has always supported self powered devices though since its original spec. eSATA is the only which is purely a data only connection.

    USB however is not considered PlugnPlay for Win98 and below machines though (which is why external USB devices often come with small drivers CD for Win9x users), where as Firewire was supported by Windows98 natively
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  9. #29
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberwlf View Post
    Both USB and Firewire are Plug n Play and offer self powered options actually
    Never said otherwise. What I meant was e-SATA is not very plug and play. It may in theory be better in an AHCI enabled OS but I don't have mine set up that way, and I always have to go into Device Manager and "Scan for Hardware" for it to find my e-SATA drive. A minor inconvenience for the time it saves me when doing huge transfers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberwlf View Post
    You'll find USB copied Firewire in those respects, there's more self powered USB devices purely as USB became more popular and Firewire devices have often been of the less portable nature to have a need for being self powered, but Firewire has always supported self powered devices though since its original spec.
    And that would be because Apple got greedy and wanted too much in royalties to use Firewire, which is why we saw the Universal Serial Bus take off so quickly.

    I'm not sure where our OP went, we need some screenshots of what he/she is seeing so we can help further.
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  10. #30
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    Yeah Apple got greedy indeed.

    And I think our overly technical discussion as to the semantics of the technology might've scared kjm off!

    But yeah, KJM still has the issue he either needs:

    a. A Windows CD to attempt a repair of the existing install
    b. Another drive *with* a Windows installation on it to copy the files from it to the new drive (unless he goes for a free linux distro with NTFS support which will serve the purpose of allowing him to back up his files still but wont fix his Windows installation)
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