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I have a friend with an old Dell that will not boot into Windows.

It has an IDE drive. It spins up. I have an IDE to USB device. I've attached the drive via that device to a working laptop. The drive does not mount. If I go into Disk Management I can see the drive but it will not initalize, says "Drive not ready."

I've also booted into a linux live cd to see if the drive mounts, it does not.

I am just trying to recover some pictures from the drive. The data is not important enough to send to a professional. The issue is more of a curosity on how to recover data if and when these situations would occur in the future.

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try using "testdisk" to see what the drive's partition table looks like, and recover / rewrite if possible.

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The drive is not listed. Does it have to be mounted before to show? – CT. Sep 13 '10 at 14:55
    
no - should have worked without. - ditch this suggestion. – Sirex Sep 13 '10 at 22:10

SpinRite might be able to help if it is bad sectors or if that isn't the issue you can use GetDataBack.

GetDataBack has a demo in which you can see what it would recover before you purchaes so it is worth checking out. SpinRite on the other hand doesn't have a demo but I would highly recommend it, it is amazing what this software does.

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I tried GetDataBack. It does not see the drive. I have only been able to see the drive using Disk Management. – CT. Sep 13 '10 at 15:15
    
Give SpinRite a try then, sounds like more then just a file system error. – David Remy Sep 13 '10 at 15:29
    
HDD Regenerator is similar to Spinrite and costs less...dposoft.net – Moab Jan 30 '11 at 22:37

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