Re: Dropped Hard Drive

Eleni Vamvakari

A friend suggested that I try Linux. I have Vinux in a virtual
machine, but basically just to try it out. I know next to nothing
about how to use it, though I am familiar with MSDOS if that helps. I
start it under Mate and plugged in the hard drive. It saw it and
tried to open it, but then said that it couldn't mount the drive,
because it wasn't closed properly in Windows. Then, it gave three
reasons why, and said something about rebooting twice with Windows
using /f. I don't remember the exact message and don't know enough
about using Orca (the built-in screen reader) to review it in more
detail. When I looked under Computer again, the drive didn't show up.

On 11/06/2017, Carlos <> wrote:
It depends on the program's setup routine so I can't give you exact
instructions, but most installers have a fairly obvious option for selecting
the location where you would like the program to be installed. Also, there
are many portable applications which will work from any location without the
need to install them at all.
----- Original Message -----
From: David Moore
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 9:22 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

Hi Carlos!

I did not know if some external drives were just for storage. Okay, it is
an external drive. How would I tell a program to install on the external
drive instead of my hard drive in my computer? Thanks a lot! If I can
install programs on the external drive, this is exciting. If you could tell
me how to do that, I would greatly appreciate it!

David Moore

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From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 8:05 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

I'm not sure what you mean when you say, "I have an external drive, but it
is not technically a external Hard Drive.". An external drive is an
external drive. Please clarify. As for installing programs on an external
drive, there is no reason why this can't be done. Although it may cause
issues in some cases. For example, when the drive is not connected and a
program is configured to run at startup. Or with programs which insist on
installing files into the Windows folder or other folders located on the
system drive. In other words, it will work well with some programs and not
with others. Some experimentation may be required, especially with more
complex installations.

----- Original Message -----

From: David Moore


Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:43 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

Hi all,

I have wanted to talk about external drives. I have an external drive,
but it is not technically a external Hard Drive. I can save and back up
anything on this terabyte external Drive, but I cannot get my computer to
install programs on it. Is there a way to get my external drive to install
programs so I have a terabyte hard drive, for example. Is there a difference
between a external drive that you can only save things on and one where you
can use as a true Hard Drive? I would greatly appreciate your apinions on
this, carlos, and everyone else. My small laptop HP Stream only has a 32 Gig
SSD drive. If I could use my external drive to get a Terabyte Hard drive,
that would be so exciting, I would do a dance LOL!

It is a Toshiba external drive from radio shack for $80

David Moore

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From: Carlos
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:31 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

Hi Eleni,

First, the list is not restricted to technology for the blind. Although

accessibility is the primary focus, discussions about technology in

are acceptable.

As for the problem with your drive, it is worth keeping in mind that all

external drives are just standard hard drives in an enclosure. That

the case, it is at least possible that only the enclosure has been

If so, then you can just remove the drive from it's current enclosure

purchase a new one. Although with drive manufacturer specific

there may or may not be screws holding it together so some carefully

force may be required to pry it open. And again this is not a

fix. It won't work if the drive itself has been damaged, but it may be

worth a try since it will save you a lot of money if the problem is only


----- Original Message -----

From: "Eleni Vamvakari" <>

To: <>

Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:08 PM

Subject: [TechTalk] Dropped Hard Drive

>I know that this is not specifically related to technology for the

> blind, but I am really hoping that someone here can help me.


> I have an external usb hard drive that I dropped onto the floor

> yesterday. When I plug it into my computers, I can feel it vibrate,

> so I know that it is being activated, but it isn't showing up under

> Computer in either Windows 7 or XP. However, it is displayed in the

> Removable Devices of VMware Player, and it always makes the

> sound. Every few minutes, I also hear something similar to the sound

> that my netbook makes when I turn it off using the power button.

> not a beep or a real mechanical click. I have all of my daily files

> saved to my 64gb thumb drive, but I stored extra ones on this drive,

> including some sensitive information, and audio recordings of my

> family, which are like photographs to me.


> At any rate, after I researched the problem, I determined that I need

> to have this fixed professionally. But I am nervous about anyone

> handling my personal information. Is there any kind of contract that

> companies or technicians can sign to garantee that they won't copy,

> read, or otherwise use it? Does anyone here work in this field? If

> not, can anyone recommend someone trustworthy or a well-known company

> that I can use? I am in New Jersey. What would be the cost of

> recovering my data? Usually, I need anywhere from a 60gb to a 120gb

> hard drive, but this one is 2tb, if that matters. If I am wrong, and

> there is a way for me to fix this, please tell me. Finally, can

> anyone recommend a shock-resistant external drive that I can use?

> Assuming that these files are recoverable, I will store them to the

> new drive until I can delete the ones that I don't need, which will

> many. So just to be on the safe side, it should probably be around

> 500gb. I don't want to spend over $150, at the absolute most. I

> also have no interest in the cloud or in bluetooth devices.


> Thank you,

> Eleni


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