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20-Apr-2012, 08:22 PM #1
Hard Drive
Okay here is the Situation. I had a Sata hard drive from another PC that I put into the computer now. Window Vista found the hard drive and installed the driver I formatted the hard drive to get rid of everything on it from the previous PC. Then I put files on there. The Computer I'm on now said I needed to reboot so I did. But when I rebooted the hard drive wont pull up any information. "My Computer" See it and has assigned a letter for the drive. But it does not tell you how much space is used or free on it. When I go to access it it say I must format the Hard drive.
I have search the hard drive using Windows searching. and I see the files on there but they cannot be accessed still. I dont wanna lose the information on the hard drive. But I tried to format the hard drive a few times now. When I try the first time it didnt even start just said that this hard drive cannot be formatted might be read only, or I dont have admin rights. The Second time I tried to format the drive it was almost completed and I got the same message as before.
So the thing is I want to get the information off put it back onto my other hard drives. Then see is I cant reformat the drive again without losing any data is possible.
Any Ideas on how I should get this. And if you can, could you put it in steps for me! Thanks for any and all help anyone could help me out with.
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23-Apr-2012, 09:37 AM #2
Kadimus,
Welcome to TSG.
You can use a command prompt to verify if the files you are looking for are valid.
to open a command window, hold down the windows key and tap the R key, int the RUN Open; box type cmd and hit return.
In the cmd.exe window type dir E:\

If the file structure is valid you should see something similar to this;
C:\Users\Your Name>dir E:\
Volume in drive E has no label.
Volume Serial Number is E801-980C

Directory of E:\

09/18/2006 02:43 PM 24 autoexec.bat
09/18/2006 02:43 PM 10 config.sys
01/08/2011 06:43 PM <DIR> PerfLogs
01/08/2011 09:28 AM <DIR> Program Files
01/06/2011 11:20 PM <DIR> Users
01/08/2011 06:53 PM <DIR> Windows

Then you can use the command C:\Users\your name>copy "E:\Program Files" "C:\Users\your name\Desktop\New folder"
I created a new folder on my desktop.
Here is a you tube video that shows the process;
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23-Apr-2012, 06:46 PM #3
I'm not sure if I am doing this right or not but I took a Video record of what I was doing. Let me know if I am missing something or if there is another way to do it or not! Thank you

You can view the video here at youtube: http://youtu.be/HVFickKvVbw
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24-Apr-2012, 07:13 AM #4
My bad, you will need to right click the cmd.exe icon and "run as administrator"
Then you need to change the directory your commands run from to C:\

C:\Windows\system32>cd c:\
c:\>


I copied a file for my C:\ to E:\
c:\>copy "C:\Users\name\Documents\Resume Template.pdf" E:\
1 file(s) copied.

Then from E:\ to a new folder I created on my desktop
c:\>copy "E:\Resume Template.pdf" "C:\Users\name\Desktop\New folder"
1 file(s) copied.



In the cmd.exe window type dir F:\
This will give you actual file directory.
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