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OS change and Hard Drive Problems

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Sheena#1, Feb 7, 2005.

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  1. Sheena#1

    Sheena#1 Thread Starter

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    My computer's Windows XP OS recently "crashed" so I put in a new hard drive with Windows ME OS. I've installed everything with the replacement hard drive, but for some reason I can't get it to recognize my other hard drives that have information written from the XP OS. The only way I have found to get my old hard drives to work is to reformat them, but that requires deleteing the information on the drives- something I absolutely cannot do. Is there any way I can get these to work with the new OS?
    The 2 extra hard drives are a 160GB Western Digital
    and a 120GB Maxor (formerly my boot-up drive)

    Help with this is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. norton850

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    If it's just WinMe that doesn"t recognize the drives and your system sees them OK, then probably Win ME is unable to read the NTFS that is on the XP drives. Do you remember if they have NTFS or FAT32?
     
  3. Sheena#1

    Sheena#1 Thread Starter

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    I'm not sure which I have. I didn't format them myself, I just let the software do it automatically when I first installed it.
     
  4. Arcadion

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    Install Paragon NTFS for Win98 on the WinMe machine, it will let you read the data on the NTFS-formatted XP partitions: http://www.paragon-gmbh.com/f_ntfs.htm

    You will need to copy this off and then wipe the XP partitions (and format them to FAT32), as the free demo of Paragon won't let you write to NTFS partitions.
     
  5. ~Candy~

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    Downgrading from XP to ME :eek:

    Probably not the wisest choice. What made you make that decison? ME cannot read NTFS partitions.
     
  6. Sheena#1

    Sheena#1 Thread Starter

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    How do I keep from losing data when I wipe the XP partitions?

    Should I just buy that Pargon NTFS software?
     
  7. Sheena#1

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    It was a cheap hard drive and I am short on cash. I didn't realize it would be a problem.
     
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