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Accessing data from an old IDE HDD

Hello all you PC bods and bodettes, I have an IDE HDD from any old PC and what to see if there's anything incriminating worthwhile on it before I bin it. I can hook it up with a USB interface, but it seems I don't have the necessary permissions to see the data, or to reformat it. I tried to change the ownership in W7, but computer still says no. Any way to get around this?
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Hello all you PC bods and bodettes, I have an IDE HDD from any old PC and what to see if there's anything incriminating worthwhile on it before I bin it. I can hook it up with a USB interface, but it seems I don't have the necessary permissions to see the data, or to reformat it. I tried to change the ownership in W7, but computer still says no. Any way to get around this?
As a "admin" you should be able to override the permissions on the hdd. What account did you use? Linux would let you read the data too.
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Old 16.05.2011, 10:55
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Hello all you PC bods and bodettes, I have an IDE HDD from any old PC and what to see if there's anything incriminating worthwhile on it before I bin it. I can hook it up with a USB interface, but it seems I don't have the necessary permissions to see the data, or to reformat it. I tried to change the ownership in W7, but computer still says no. Any way to get around this?

I assume the drive isn't encrypted ?

Best best would be to boot off a Linux CD which can read NTFS drives, and recover/view the information that way...

Under Windows you can try and use the "takeown" (Take Ownership)command or the "chacl" (Change AC'L's) command...

Failing that, take a hammer to it and smash it to bits.
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Hello all you PC bods and bodettes, I have an IDE HDD from any old PC and what to see if there's anything incriminating worthwhile on it before I bin it. I can hook it up with a USB interface, but it seems I don't have the necessary permissions to see the data, or to reformat it. I tried to change the ownership in W7, but computer still says no. Any way to get around this?
If you just want to make sure that nobody else can access any of the pervie pics worthwile data, then simply take your favourite power tool and drill a couple of holes through it.
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Re: Accessing data from an old IDE HDD

First up, thanks to MC for editing the title, I spotted it just as I was hitting the submit button .

I was accessing it from the only account on my laptop, which is the admin account, as far as I am aware. It is not encrypted, at least I don't think it is, I never knowling added any encryption on it.

Would it be a problem if it was FAT formatted? I really don't know if it was, or NTFS, it's that old.

I just want o make sure nothing important or useful is on it before I drill it .

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Old 16.05.2011, 11:09
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First up, thanks to MC for editing the title, I spotted it just as I was hitting the submit button .

I was accessing it from the only account on my laptop, which is th admin account, as far as I am aware.

Would it be a problem if it was FAT formatted? I really don't know if it was, or NTFS, it's that old.

I just want o make sure nothing important or useful is on it before I drill it .

And how do I multiquote several people's posts?
Whaaaa, and you are such a techie. Click on the little quote button right before (or after) thank button, can't remember anymore. Click in the order you want to comment on them.
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Failing that, take a hammer to it and smash it to bits.
Totally agree. A good thrashing with a hammer renders it totally useless. After a good session of said thrashing with a hammer, you will be able to hear the shattered platters inside when you shake it. (A good sign it's destroyed)
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Old 16.05.2011, 17:25
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Totally agree. A good thrashing with a hammer renders it totally useless. After a good session of said thrashing with a hammer, you will be able to hear the shattered platters inside when you shake it. (A good sign it's destroyed)
True, but I would like to see if there is anything worth retrieving on it first. Then I will smash it to pieces .
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True, but I would like to see if there is anything worth retrieving on it first. Then I will smash it to pieces .

I'm not sure what kind of USB interface you are using, but does it require a specific jumper setting on the drive? Primary/Secondary/Slave/Master/Cable Select/Single drive?

I havn't played around wtih USB interfaced IDEs, but that's perhaps a possibilty to play with.
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I'm not sure what kind of USB interface you are using, but does it require a specific jumper setting on the drive? Primary/Secondary/Slave/Master/Cable Select/Single drive?

I havn't played around wtih USB interfaced IDEs, but that's perhaps a possibilty to play with.
Good point. It doesn't say so specifically and I hadn't considered it to be honest. What would you suggest, Cable select?
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Re: Accessing data from an old IDE HDD

On my unit, Master works, slave or CS does not.
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... but it seems I don't have the necessary permissions to see the data, or to reformat it. I tried to change the ownership in W7, but computer still says no...
We'd have a better chance of diagnosing if you post exactly what messages you get when you try to access the drive.

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Re: Accessing data from an old IDE HDD

I would try:

Single Drive, Cable Select, Master, slave, no jumper. But do look up all the possible setting as well, some drives have a limiter (right name?) for larger drives using older interfaces, some have speed limiters as well for older compatibility as well.

Really, just trial and error at this point.
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Old 17.05.2011, 11:18
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