If you want to recover some valuable data from the drive you can
probably do so using a Linux Live CD which can be used by itself without
affecting you present setup. This will involve downloading a
distribution and burning it to a CD. On the other hand you could take
the drive to a computer store (Probably not Best Buy but a smaller
independent one) and ask their advice. Aside from the cost of a CD the
first solution is free, the second probably won't be.
As to why the drive is not showing up, well, there might be
justification for a visit to a store, they most likely will have
diagnostic experience and tools and can probably suggest the best way to
If you want to try yourself you can try downloading a CD image from here...
Burn the image to CD, boot from the CD and you should have an
operational system running from CD without installing anything. Don;t
select any options to "Install", just see if you can locate the drive.
For Ubuntu click "Computer".
> Thankyou for your reply, but one cannot format a drive unless you can enter
> the format instruction, and if you are'nt able to enter the drive then it
> will not be able to be formatted. Also I stated the drive showed up on
> connecting to my pc but it does not show now when connected and switched on.
> In answer to your other question regarding its purpose which would be to use
> this as an external back up.
> I neglected to say that when the motherboard packed up on the previous
> computer [ e-machine ] I was told that I would lose all information on the
> I then bought a enclosure and find that I still can't access the drive.
> I have the rescue discs that contain the drive info and tried them in my
> ADVENT PC but this did not help.
> Do you think that using another pc with a different platform would help?
> man" wrote:
>> elltell wrote:
>>> taken from computer with failed motherboard- will not work in Vista home
>>> It is recognised in drive list but will not open.
>>> Enclosure supplier stated that Vista will not recognise as it was FAT 32.
>>> Any ideas on this problem?
>> What do you hope to achieve by using this drive? Right now, if the
>> drive's hardware is sound, then you don't have a problem.
>> If your end purpose is to utilize the drive for extra storage space, and
>> you don't need any of the information on it, just reformat the drive.
>> If you wish to retrieve information off the drive then you will need
>> appropriate software to read the drive, or install it in another
>> computer or use one of the Linux Live CD distributions.