[Nottingham] Viewing a second harddrive

Ron Wilton ron_w_add at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Nov 22 20:24:19 UTC 2016

 blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; }  Thanks for replying, Martin and Denny.
In the end I managed to get to the files with a SATA hard drive that a colleague at work has lent me.
Thanks, again. Great help.

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On Monday, November 21, 2016, 10:21 am, Martin via Nottingham <nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk> wrote:


Rather curious...

As Denny suggests: Might those drives be encrypted?...

Other possibilities are:

Re: "an old Ubuntu computer"...

Are those two disks using the 'new' GPT partitioning scheme and your old
Ubuntu is too old to recognize that?...

Next test would be to use a recent Linux distro to look to see what is
on those disks. Can you download a "Live distro" onto a DVD or USB-stick
and run that on your old machine to take a look?

Or... You are welcome to bring the two disks along to our next meeting
and we can take a look. Let us know if we need to bring a USB-SATA adapter?


On 20/11/16 12:31, ron_w_add at yahoo.co.uk wrote:
> Hello Martin
> Thanks for your reply.
> I have tried as you suggested. However, I am unable to see the second
> drive in the dev folder - all I have are sda, and sda1 to sda6. I would
> have expected to see sdb.
> I have also:
> 1) tried
> sudo lshw -C disk
> but only see the primary drive.
> 2) tried attaching both the SDD and HDD as the secondary drive, but am
> unable to see them.
> 3) checked the cables and power sockets on motherboard by changing round
> the cables, but still unable to see the extra drive.
> 4) booted up the computer with the above SDD and HDD but have been asked
> for the floppy boot drive (does not now exist).
> A further thing to point out is that the SDD and HDD have been installed
> with Windows 7. This should not be a problem as the old computer I am
> using to read the SDD and HDD was dual booted with Windows XP.
> Do you have any more suggestions?
> Thanks
> Ron
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* Martin via Nottingham <nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk>
> *To:* Ron Wilton via Nottingham <nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk>
> *Sent:* Saturday, 19 November 2016, 20:42
> *Subject:* Re: [Nottingham] Viewing a second harddrive
> Ron,
> Surprised noone has answered yet... It must be the weekend and a bright
> sunny day!
> On Sat, Nov 19, 2016 at 11:55:01AM +0000, Ron Wilton via Nottingham wrote:
> [...]
>> This document could be one one it two drives: a SanDisk solid state
> drive; or a Western Digital HDD. Both of these drives have a SATA
> interface. Unfortunately, this computer does not now work; I believe
> that the processor is at fault.
>> I had hoped to use an old Ubuntu computer to read these drives. I have
> attached the SSD to the SATA and power cables to act as a second
> harddrive without success. Can anyone advise me on whether what I am
> doing is possible, and if so, what else do I need to do?
>> Thanks.
>> Ron
> Yep... You can read multiple HDD/SSD disks like that.
> Safest is to shut everyting down and ensure the power is off. Then
> attach your second drive with power and SATA, boot up, and then...
> You need to "mount" the respective partitions from the second drive.
> Look for "mount" or "devices" in the menu options for your desktop or
> file manager or 'system menu'. You may see something described as
> "/dev/sdb1" or "/dev/sdc1" or some such series of numbers, or some name
> that describes the partition that you want. (Your host machine should be
> using "/dev/sda1" and a few other "/dev/sda..." for its own disk partitions.
> Let us know if you're stuck for finding a walk-through.
> (Also, for your HDD, ensure that it is firmly placed horizontally or
> virtically. Definitely do not try using it whilst 'dangling' on the
> cables! There is a fragile spinning disk inside that chunky metal box!)
> Good luck and let us know how you get along,
> Cheers,
> Martin

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