Hello everyone and thanks for taking the time to read this... Well the thing is that my laptop (HP Dv4-2145dx With Windows 7) broke 2 weeks ago it turned on and all but i got this message "No bootable device -- insert boot disk and press any key" anyway i decided not to take it somewhere and get it fixed instead i decided to buy a new computer with the idea of transferring the files from the hard drive from the old laptop to the new one. So last week i went and and bought a new laptop i got a cheap Samsung series 3 with Windows 8. Then i order one case to put the hard drive in i put it together and all i thought it was going to be like when you plug in a flash drive the folder pops up and you transfer files easy as pie but no i guess i was wrong... the folder don't pop up when i plug it in, it shows on Devices and Printers (USB Mass Storage Device) and it says its working properly i just want to recover all my files from my old laptop...
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Judging by "No Bootable Device" and the fact that the hard drive in not showing up after installing in a USB case I would assume that the hard drive is not in good shape
You should always backup your stuff to an external drive, although that doesn't help you now, I'd say the only problem was with the hard drive and there was no need to replace the Laptop
It apparently is working. Look into (My) Computer whether you see it there. Then double click on it. In Windows 8 you find 'Computer' in the left pane of the Explorer window (not Internet Explorer). The Explorer icon (yellow manila folder) is on the bottom left of the taskbar.
Well i Checked on My Computer and it does not appear there only Local Disk (C:) is there. But when i right click on Computer and click manage then Device Manager it shows on Disk Drives (USB Mass Storage Device). anyone else wants to take a shot?'
Disconnect the drive; you have the old HDD in a caddy, yes?
Boot into Win 8, THEN connect the drive when fully desktop running.
Your machine may be finding a boot directory
U have an external enclosure for the old laptop's drive right? If u installed it in enclosure correctly u should be able to view that drive when u hook it to new laptop while new laptop is running... if possible try to connect enclosure to a different Pc could be a bum enclosure or a problem with your installation in that enclosure
Yes i bought a external enclosure... When i plug it in 'it shows on 'Devices and Printers' it shows on 'Disk Drives' too but it will not show on 'My Computer'... any other ideas?'
As I suspected, Disk1 has nothing on it. You have to define a partition with a drive letter in order for it to show. But right click first on the smaller box on the left where it says 'Disk1" and initialize it.
No, it isn't on the last picture. Look at the SIZES, top on is only 500MB's, not 298.09GB's.
Disk 1 needs to be FORMATTED which then becomes the next available drive letter.
Having no idea what trauma caused your drive to cease showing your files, dropping the laptop, sitting the laptop on top of a powerful electromagnet, etc., I don't know a process for getting access to a drive that you can no longer view in My Computer. Someone else may have suggestions for you.
A free option is "Recuva" by the makers of CCleaner. I have had some success using the program. You will need to remove the drive and use the enclosure, or **perhaps** use the Recuva portable version on a USB flash drive and boot the laptop into that environment. Good luck!
If the old drive is correctly installed in the enclosure and is not showing up as a lettered drive using your new laptop (can you use somebody else's computer with the enclosure to make doubly sure?) then something is terribly wrong. Can you install a different drive in the new enclosure to rule out that hardware as a problem? If you absolutely have to find something on the drive in question, you need to send or drop it off to a drive recovery company, which costs buckets of cash, even then they may not be able to recover what you need. If you try to take the enclosure to a 3rd computer, it may infected with something, so don't hose a third PC! If no drive letter is detected on the 3rd PC when you hook up the USB enclosure you won't even be able to do a virus scan.
Use a back-up system from now on. Search for Macrium Reflect in this forum to find a great **Free** solution, one which could have saved your bacon in this case. Sorry for your strife.....
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