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Old 04-03-2014, 09:13 PM   #1
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I as well am having trouble reading assorted HDs that I yanked from old desktops and laptops. They both have ubuntu versions on them and I need to get files from them even if they don't boot up in the OS. I am using one of the Vantec universal adapters with multi ports and I finally somehow got a disk to "pop up" on the file manager but I get a mounting error and still can't see any files on any of the disks. HELP!
In anticipation of any requested logs I submit to you the following.
In this case the 40GB is the usb drive I'm looking to mount and see.

Code:
medusa@ethers:~$ sudo lshw -C disk
  *-disk                  
       description: ATA Disk
       product: WDC WD10EALX-009
       vendor: Western Digital
       physical id: 0.1.0
       bus info: scsi@3:0.1.0
       logical name: /dev/sda
       version: 15.0
       serial: WD-WCATR9598009
       size: 931GiB (1TB)
       capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
       configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=00067234
  *-disk
       description: SCSI Disk
       physical id: 0.0.0
       bus info: scsi@6:0.0.0
       logical name: /dev/sdb
       size: 37GiB (40GB)
       capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
       configuration: signature=17154adf
  *-disk:0
       description: SCSI Disk
       product: STORAGE DEVICE
       vendor: Generic
       physical id: 0.0.0
       bus info: scsi@7:0.0.0
       logical name: /dev/sdc
       version: 9744
       capabilities: removable
     *-medium
          physical id: 0
          logical name: /dev/sdc
  *-disk:1
       description: SCSI Disk
       product: STORAGE DEVICE
       vendor: Generic
       physical id: 0.0.1
       bus info: scsi@7:0.0.1
       logical name: /dev/sdd
       version: 9744
       capabilities: removable
     *-medium
          physical id: 0
          logical name: /dev/sdd
  *-disk:2
       description: SCSI Disk
       product: STORAGE DEVICE
       vendor: Generic
       physical id: 0.0.2
       bus info: scsi@7:0.0.2
       logical name: /dev/sde
       version: 9744
       capabilities: removable
     *-medium
          physical id: 0
          logical name: /dev/sde
  *-disk:3
       description: SCSI Disk
       product: STORAGE DEVICE
       vendor: Generic
       physical id: 0.0.3
       bus info: scsi@7:0.0.3
       logical name: /dev/sdf
       version: 9744
       capabilities: removable
     *-medium
          physical id: 0
          logical name: /dev/sdf
medusa@ethers:~$
Code:
medusa@ethers:~$ sudo blkid
/dev/sda1: UUID="06607a67-6555-49b9-8adf-3030f3dcbc77" TYPE="ext4" 
/dev/sdb1: TYPE="swap" 
/dev/sdb2: UUID="8db05684-7a3e-4d46-8447-88df8402db43" TYPE="jfs" 
/dev/mapper/cryptswap1: UUID="3a7f8c6b-5d14-4fd0-b649-22b812e8a56a" TYPE="swap" 
medusa@ethers:~$
Code:
medusa@ethers:~$ /sbin/lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
autofs4                37024  0 
dm_crypt               23125  1 
snd_hda_codec_realtek   224173  1 
kvm_intel             137721  0 
kvm                   415550  1 kvm_intel
microcode              22789  0 
parport_pc             32866  0 
ppdev                  17113  0 
bnep                   18281  2 
rfcomm                 47604  0 
bluetooth             180113  10 bnep,rfcomm
binfmt_misc            17540  1 
ip6t_LOG               16974  4 
xt_hl                  12521  6 
ip6t_rt                12558  3 
nf_conntrack_ipv6      13906  7 
nf_defrag_ipv6         13412  1 nf_conntrack_ipv6
snd_hda_intel          33719  3 
snd_hda_codec         127706  2 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep              17764  1 snd_hda_codec
ipt_REJECT             12576  1 
psmouse                97519  0 
ipt_LOG                12919  5 
snd_pcm                97275  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
serio_raw              13211  0 
xt_limit               12711  12 
xt_tcpudp              12603  18 
xt_addrtype            12713  4 
snd_seq_midi           13324  0 
snd_rawmidi            30748  1 snd_seq_midi
xt_state               12578  14 
snd_seq_midi_event     14899  1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq                61929  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
ip6table_filter        12815  1 
ip6_tables             27864  3 ip6t_LOG,ip6t_rt,ip6table_filter
snd_timer              29990  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd_seq_device         14540  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
nf_conntrack_netbios_ns    12665  0 
nf_conntrack_broadcast    12589  1 nf_conntrack_netbios_ns
nf_nat_ftp             12704  0 
nf_nat                 25891  1 nf_nat_ftp
nf_conntrack_ipv4      19716  9 nf_nat
nf_defrag_ipv4         12729  1 nf_conntrack_ipv4
nf_conntrack_ftp       13452  1 nf_nat_ftp
nf_conntrack           81926  8 nf_conntrack_ipv6,xt_state,nf_conntrack_netbios_ns,nf_conntrack_broadcast,nf_nat_ftp,nf_nat,nf_conntrack_ipv4,nf_conntrack_ftp
dm_multipath           23275  0 
iptable_filter         12810  1 
snd                    79041  15 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
joydev                 17693  0 
mac_hid                13253  0 
usblp                  18307  0 
ip_tables              27473  1 iptable_filter
x_tables               29891  13 ip6t_LOG,xt_hl,ip6t_rt,ipt_REJECT,ipt_LOG,xt_limit,xt_tcpudp,xt_addrtype,xt_state,ip6table_filter,ip6_tables,iptable_filter,ip_tables
soundcore              15091  1 snd
snd_page_alloc         18529  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
lp                     17799  0 
parport                46562  3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
dm_raid45              78155  0 
xor                    12894  1 dm_raid45
dm_mirror              22203  0 
dm_region_hash         20961  1 dm_mirror
dm_log                 18564  3 dm_raid45,dm_mirror,dm_region_hash
btrfs                 653116  0 
zlib_deflate           27139  1 btrfs
libcrc32c              12644  1 btrfs
vesafb                 13844  1 
usb_storage            49198  0 
usbhid                 47238  0 
hid                    99883  1 usbhid
video                  19651  0 
wmi                    19256  0 
e1000e                204579  0
Code:
[    3.497312]    generic_sse: 18340.000 MB/sec
[    3.497313] xor: using function: generic_sse (18340.000 MB/sec)
[    3.497620] device-mapper: dm-raid45: initialized v0.2594b
[    3.601572] scsi 6:0:0:0: Direct-Access     Maxtor 9 6147H6                PQ: 0 ANSI: 2 CCS
[    3.601871] sd 6:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 0
[    3.602058] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] 120064896 512-byte logical blocks: (61.4 GB/57.2 GiB)
[    3.602412] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[    3.602413] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 28 00 00 00
[    3.602692] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching mode page found
[    3.602693] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[    3.603484] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching mode page found
[    3.603485] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[    3.607908]  sdb: sdb1 sdb2 < sdb5 >
[    3.608896] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching mode page found
[    3.608898] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[    3.608899] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI disk
[    3.710203] scsi 7:0:0:0: Direct-Access     Generic  STORAGE DEVICE   9744 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
[    3.710931] scsi 7:0:0:1: Direct-Access     Generic  STORAGE DEVICE   9744 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
[    3.711597] scsi 7:0:0:2: Direct-Access     Generic  STORAGE DEVICE   9744 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
[    3.712210] scsi 7:0:0:3: Direct-Access     Generic  STORAGE DEVICE   9744 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
[    3.712449] sd 7:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
[    3.712533] sd 7:0:0:1: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 0
[    3.712613] sd 7:0:0:2: Attached scsi generic sg4 type 0
[    3.713317] usb 3-9.1: reset high-speed USB device number 3 using xhci_hcd
[    3.713457] sd 7:0:0:3: Attached scsi generic sg5 type 0
[    3.721206] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Attached SCSI removable disk
[    3.721589] sd 7:0:0:3: [sdf] Attached SCSI removable disk
[    3.721961] sd 7:0:0:2: [sde] Attached SCSI removable disk
[    3.723901] sd 7:0:0:1: [sdd] Attached SCSI removable disk
sorry for all the long logs. Help would be greatly appreciated .

Claire

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Old 04-03-2014, 11:15 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by medusa569 View Post
I as well am having trouble reading assorted HDs that I yanked from old desktops and laptops ... I am using one of the Vantec universal adapters with multi ports and I finally somehow got a disk to "pop up" on the file manager but I get a mounting error and still can't see any files on any of the disks.
You have multiple HDs that you are failing to mount/read. It is unlikely that they are all bad, so what is the common point between all of them? That would be your Vantec universal adapter. This is the component that I would put at the top of my suspect list based on what you have said thus far.

I assume you are talking about one of those adapters that connects a PATA/SATA HD to a USB port? Can you confirm that the HDs are spinning up (by sound, vibration, etc.)? Is the power connection into the adapter solid and functional, not loose and intermittant?
 
Old 04-04-2014, 07:52 AM   #3
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Failing to boot

Actually for the sake of this one experiment I only have one drive connected to the vantec. I have also tried to read a 5.25 drive on the same device. My SD cards read fine so for that reason I do not think the adapter is defective. I as well tried to internally work the drives inside my new pc as all sata drive ports and that was unsuccessful. I think the commonality here is the SCSI or pata mode. I've installed just about every auto mount program available for ubuntu and as I said eventually the pop up did appear where as before there no nothing but the files contained therein still don't show. I am wondering if there is a special program that is utilized on sata systems to be able to "speak" to Pata/ATA drives? I have no problem with my external cdrom,no problem with usb sticks,just these drives.



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You have multiple HDs that you are failing to mount/read. It is unlikely that they are all bad, so what is the common point between all of them? That would be your Vantec universal adapter. This is the component that I would put at the top of my suspect list based on what you have said thus far.

I assume you are talking about one of those adapters that connects a PATA/SATA HD to a USB port? Can you confirm that the HDs are spinning up (by sound, vibration, etc.)? Is the power connection into the adapter solid and functional, not loose and intermittant?
 
Old 04-04-2014, 02:46 PM   #4
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[ 3.601572] scsi 6:0:0:0: Direct-Access Maxtor 9 6147H6 PQ: 0 ANSI: 2 CCS
[ 3.601871] sd 6:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 0
[ 3.602058] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] 120064896 512-byte logical blocks: (61.4 GB/57.2 GiB)
[ 3.602412] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Write Protect is off
[ 3.602413] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Mode Sense: 28 00 00 00
[ 3.602692] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching mode page found
[ 3.602693] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 3.603484] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching mode page found
[ 3.603485] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 3.607908] sdb: sdb1 sdb2 < sdb5 >
[ 3.608896] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] No Caching mode page found
[ 3.608898] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Assuming drive cache: write through
[ 3.608899] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI disk
It looks like your external disk is assigned to /dev/sdb. And you have two primary partitions (sdb1 and sdb2) and one logical partition (sdb5). Once you plug in the disk, can you try the following to see if you can read it?

Code:
mkdir /mnt/sdb1
mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/sdb1
ls -al /mnt/sdb1
'mount' will probably figure out the type of filesystem it is, but if not, you may have to manually specify that with the -t option to mount. e.g., if that first partition on your external is NTFS, "mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdb1 /mnt/sdb1"

You can also try manually mounting /dev/sdb2 and /dev/sdb5 as well, and see what you can read there.

What we are trying to determine here is if mount is failing, or if just the AUTO mounting is failing. Hence, we try manually mounting to find out.
 
Old 04-05-2014, 09:14 AM   #5
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Hey Haertig:

Thanks for your reply. I tried your directions with no success presuming the recognition would be instant under file manager. This time when connected you'll see it was assigned sdf. I attach the notes from terminal on all my tries.
I know there is something on this disk as when I placed it back in my old pc ( no sata ) it comes up ubuntu. I was also curious about the processes of trying to mount a drive when one does not know what the file system is. I have multiple old hard drives that I don't remember what was on them. Can you enlighten me on that? It is time like this when I (gasp) wish I was working with windows.
 
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I tried your directions with no success presuming the recognition would be instant under file manager.
What error message did you get when you tried to manually mount the partition?

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I attach the notes from terminal on all my tries.
I think you forgot to attach your notes. I don't see anything showing the result of your manual mount attempt.

Quote:
I was also curious about the processes of trying to mount a drive when one does not know what the file system is. I have multiple old hard drives that I don't remember what was on them. Can you enlighten me on that?
Linux will guess correctly much of the time if you don't tell it manually with the -t option. If it fails to guess correctly, then YOU start guessing. Pass it -t ntfs-3g, -t fat, -t ext3, etc. until you stumble onto the one that works. Once you have guessed correctly, it will mount. The mount attempt will fail if you guess wrong. No harm done. Guess the common ones first - NTFS, FAT, EXT3, EXT4. If these disks came out of a recent Windows PC, most likely they are NTFS. If it's a really old Windows PC, then probably FAT.
 
Old 04-05-2014, 05:02 PM   #7
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Error with mounting HDs.

I think you forgot to attach your notes. I don't see anything showing the result of your manual mount attempt.

ooops.....here is the output from my trials....

<snip>
Code:
[  379.514080] scsi 8:0:0:0: Direct-Access     Maxtor 9 6147H6                PQ: 0 ANSI: 2 CCS
[  379.515315] sd 8:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg1 type 0
[  379.515653] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdf] 120064896 512-byte logical blocks: (61.4 GB/57.2 GiB)
[  379.516158] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdf] Write Protect is off
[  379.516166] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdf] Mode Sense: 28 00 00 00
[  379.516535] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdf] No Caching mode page found
[  379.516543] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdf] Assuming drive cache: write through
[  379.519850] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdf] No Caching mode page found
[  379.519857] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdf] Assuming drive cache: write through
[  379.893461]  sdf: sdf1 sdf2 < sdf5 >
[  379.894861] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdf] No Caching mode page found
[  379.894863] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdf] Assuming drive cache: write through
[  379.894865] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdf] Attached SCSI disk
[  379.992450] usb 3-9.1: reset high-speed USB device number 4 using xhci_hcd
[  380.008840] xhci_hcd 0000:00:14.0: xHCI xhci_drop_endpoint called with disabled ep ffff88044382f880
[  380.008849] xhci_hcd 0000:00:14.0: xHCI xhci_drop_endpoint called with disabled ep ffff88044382f8c0
Code:
medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mkdir /mnt/sdf1
medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mount /dev/sdf1 /mnt/sdf1
ls -al /mnt/sdf1
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdf1,
       missing codepage or helper program, or other error
       In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
       dmesg | tail  or so
Code:
medusa@ethers:~$ ls -al /mnt/sdf1
total 8
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr  5 09:48 .
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Apr  5 09:48 ..

medusa@ethers:~$ mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdf1 /mnt/sdf1
medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdf1 /mnt/sdf1
NTFS signature is missing.
Failed to mount '/dev/sdf1': Invalid argument
Code:
medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mkdir /mnt/sdf
medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mount /dev/sdf /mnt/sdf
mount: block device /dev/sdf is write-protected, mounting read-only
mount: you must specify the filesystem type
medusa@ethers:~$ ls -al /mnt/sdf
total 8
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr  5 09:53 .
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Apr  5 09:53 ..

medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdf /mnt/sdf
NTFS signature is missing.
Failed to mount '/dev/sdf': Invalid argument

medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mount /dev/sdf2 /mntsdf2
mount: mount point /mntsdf2 does not exist

medusa@ethers:~$ ls -al /mnt/sdf2
total 8
drwxrwxr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr  2 19:58 .
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Apr  5 09:53 ..

medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mount -t ntfs-3g/dev/sdf2 /mnt/sdf2

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Please use Vbcode tags for code or quotes. The # sign at the top of reply window is for code while the Balloon to the left is for Quotes.

By using Vbcode tags your posts are cleaner therefore easier to read so members can aid in diagnosing a problem.
 
Old 04-06-2014, 06:15 AM   #9
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I do not post to lists very often and I'm sure I'm still in the learning process. I do not see the signs you refer to but I will try and educate myself on the points you spoke of.





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@medusa569

Please use Vbcode tags for code or quotes. The # sign at the top of reply window is for code while the Balloon to the left is for Quotes.

By using Vbcode tags your posts are cleaner therefore easier to read so members can aid in diagnosing a problem.
 
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When you create a reply to a post this is when you would use the Vbcode tags. Tags are within this reply window, at the top are the varied reply control functions.

For example; If you have a body of code you would either click on the # sign then paste between the code tags the text or just paste the text then high light that text then select the #. Same for a Quote.

This will make your reply cleaner therefore easier to read. Especially when you have long lists of code or move than one piece of code.

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Old 04-07-2014, 05:54 PM   #11
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Code:
medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mkdir /mnt/sdf1
medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mount /dev/sdf1 /mnt/sdf1
ls -al /mnt/sdf1
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdf1,
       missing codepage or helper program, or other error
       In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
       dmesg | tail  or so
Code:
medusa@ethers:~$ ls -al /mnt/sdf1
total 8
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr  5 09:48 .
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Apr  5 09:48 ..

medusa@ethers:~$ mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdf1 /mnt/sdf1
medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdf1 /mnt/sdf1
NTFS signature is missing.
Failed to mount '/dev/sdf1': Invalid argument
"NTFS signature is missing" could mean that the file system is encrypted. Is it? If you try to mount a non-NTFS filesystem as NTFS, you get the "mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on..." error. But you're not getting that. Which implies that this is indeed an NTFS filesystem. The "Missing signature" error could be because the filesystem is corrupt, or because it is encrypted.

Note: I have seen this error once before myself, and couldn't come up with an explanation for it. On my employer-supplied laptop that I booted with a LiveCD (SysRescueCD specifically). The filesystem was not corrupt, because I could boot that laptop using its native WinXP OS. That same laptop was later upgraded to Win7. Same thing - I could not mount the partition using a Linux LiveCD, but it booted just fine from its native OS. I never quite figured out the problem. My assumption was that my employer had configured things with encryption, unbeknownst to me. I never had to enter any kind of decryption password, however, I suppose they could have tied decryption into my domain login when I booted the box. I guess that might be possible. I don't know Windows very well so I can't say for sure.

Quote:
Code:
medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mkdir /mnt/sdf
medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mount /dev/sdf /mnt/sdf
mount: block device /dev/sdf is write-protected, mounting read-only
mount: you must specify the filesystem type
medusa@ethers:~$ ls -al /mnt/sdf
total 8
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr  5 09:53 .
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Apr  5 09:53 ..

medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mount -t ntfs-3g /dev/sdf /mnt/sdf
NTFS signature is missing.
Failed to mount '/dev/sdf': Invalid argument

medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mount /dev/sdf2 /mntsdf2
mount: mount point /mntsdf2 does not exist

medusa@ethers:~$ ls -al /mnt/sdf2
total 8
drwxrwxr-x 2 root root 4096 Apr  2 19:58 .
drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 Apr  5 09:53 ..

medusa@ethers:~$ sudo mount -t ntfs-3g/dev/sdf2 /mnt/sdf2
All of the above are either typos or user errors, except for the very last "sudo mount -t ntfs-3g/dev/sdf2 /mnt/sdf2", and you didn't supply the output you got from that command. I'm assuming it was the same "NTFS signature is missing" error. But let us know if it was a different error (and tell us what the specific error was).
 
Old 04-08-2014, 07:53 AM   #12
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USB drives not mounting

After much trying and seemingly stymied I have gone the way of data recovery and have been somewhat successful so far with Testdisk and photorec. For what ever reason I suspect that this drive will never mount correctly or maybe its the disks with operating systems. I am dealing with my most important drive first that has important files.
Maybe when i start with the smaller laptop drive that only dealt with one drive I may have to post back.
My thanks to all who responded.
 
  


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