I was trying repair an old Hitachi hard drive of mine with HDD Regenerator and plugged it in with a SATA to USB cable (shown in 1). But when I use HDD Regenerator and used the prescan option it proceeded up to 102MB, then it stopped with this error (shown in 2).

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I'm running this in VMware Workstation because apparently HDD Regenerator causes problems for the hosts and the BIOS from the VM does not support changing form SATA to IDE.

My questions are:

  1. Is there any software that enables changing SATA to IDE live in the OS?
  2. Is there a way to emulate a external hard drive as an internal hard drive?
  • If you have access to another computer, @Z3R0_XP, try connecting this old HDD there as well and see if you will manage to get it repaired. If it's in an ext.enclosure, try taking it out as long as it's not covered by the warranty and plug it internally via SATA there. What exactly was the damage that you encountered with this drive? If the problem is physical/hardware-related, then you might be better off sending to a professional data recovery company for assistance with any important files from it.Either way, it won't be safe to store your data. What are the stats from the HDD's S.M.A.R.T.? – SuperSoph_WD Nov 4 '16 at 11:05
  • It is connected to another computer (and a virtual machine) image:(i.stack.imgur.com/xbOKf.jpg) and there is no need for data recovery because there is no data – Z3R0_XP Nov 6 '16 at 3:31
  • @SuperSoph_WD here is the image: i.stack.imgur.com/iNmDG.png and it keeps on giving me this error when i get to 102mb: i.stack.imgur.com/3QRqz.jpg [1] Is there any software that enables changing SATA to ide live in the OS [2] Is there a way to emulate a external hardrive as a internal hardrive – Z3R0_XP Nov 6 '16 at 3:36
  • It looks like the HDD has quite the number of bad sectors! :( Unfortunately, Im not sure how successful your data retrieving attempts will be. Moreover, you need another HDD where you could transfer the data to. I'd also suggest you try connecting it internally, instead of using a SATA-to-USB cable when recovering files. I'd also suggest you consider using sector-by-sector data recovery instead. Still, if the files are very important to you, I'd definitely advise you again to turn to a professional data recovery company for assistance! Good luck! – SuperSoph_WD Nov 9 '16 at 10:17
  • There is no data on the dive the only important thing is the drive i need to repair it – Z3R0_XP Nov 10 '16 at 6:01

If you want to benefit from the full power of Hdd regenerator you will have to run it at boot time and repair like that. So connect your HDD directly to a computer and make a bootable device with HDDR.

Running a repair via USB is NOT recommended at all.

  • But the problem is it can't boot from the bootable media it keeps on giving me an error that the ram disk can't be loaded – Z3R0_XP Nov 6 '16 at 3:15
  • Try a different media or get Hiren's Bootable CD and run HDDR from there. – Overmind Nov 7 '16 at 7:55
  • Hiren's bootable Cd removed HDDR – Z3R0_XP Nov 7 '16 at 8:00
  • There are plenty of the old versions that have it. – Overmind Nov 7 '16 at 8:35
  • yeah i also tried hirens' boot cd verion 9.08 which had HDDR it didn't boot and gave me the ramdisk error – Z3R0_XP Nov 7 '16 at 10:42

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