I have an acer laptop with a WD hard drive I have been using for about a year. Of late I noticed my system slow down dramatically. Further inspection revealed that the hard drive was going bad.
The drive contains all of my graphic design work along with some websites that I built along the past five years.
I believe Ubuntu has far better data recovery options as compared to windows. (with utilities like testdisk, dd_rescue, roadkill's unstoppable copier etc.) So I borrowed an external CD drive and a live ubuntu disk (External CD drive as my internal CD drive does not work and my motherboard does not support USB booting).
My plan was to plug in another healthy hard drive via a usb enclosure, boot into the live CD and copy all the data to the health drive. I could then go ahead and either format/repair the corrupt drive, or use a new one instead.
However the copying seemed to be way to slow (around 1-5Kbps , and I have about a 100GB of data to recover) it's the same with I tried creating a clone via the DD command, the speed there too was slow. Now I need to return the external CD drive with not a lot of progress made so far.
So I planned to make the healthy drive an internal, install ubuntu, boot into it, and then proceed with the data recovery. This time with the bad hard drive as an external via the USB enclosure.
Now when I tried this, I noticed that neither windows nor ubuntu detects the hard drive at all(I have a duel boot installed on the healthy drive for now). However if I plug it back into the laptop and making it an internal and boot via the usb cd drive, it detects the drive.
- What's causing this issue to occur.
- How can I get the drive to detect as an external
- Are there any alternatives to get the data recovered apart from all that I tried?
Hope I have covered all the necessary details, do let me know if you need further clarifications. Thanks a ton, the data means a lot to me.