Question Trying to access an old laptop HDD

keldonlighthand

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Dec 17, 2017
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I'm trying to access the data on an old laptop drive. I have have it in an external USB housing.
In disk management it shows up as status invalid. looking at properties its type is dynamic and is a MBR partition.

I have option to convert to Basic type but will lose all data.

So really I want to be able to read the disk without losing the data.

Is this possible?
 

popatim

Titan
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If the Usb housing is compatible with drives larger then 2TB then it may be incompatible with the 512byte sector format of this old drive. new drives (& enclosures) use 4k byte sectors (some drives do 512b emulation)
So you may actually need to mount the drive internally to get the data off.
 

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