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AstroNut

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I upgraded to Win7 x64 about a year ago, I basically just removed a good working 500gb WD green drive and installed a new WD Black 1TB drive and installed Win7 on it, now I wanted to go back and pull some data off the old drive and since it still has an operating system on it I put it in a external case, but when I hook it up by USB 3.0 the computer does not show the drive unless I go into Disc Management where I can see it but it's listed as...

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The right click options are Convert to basic disk or Reactivate Disk, I know I don't want to Convert but will choosing Reactivate fix it to where I can get the data off of it? Thanks
 
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Isn't there an import option when you right click? Try just adding it as a second drive internally to see if it is recognized.
 

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You could always try using a Puppy Linux live cd to recover your data if you don`t get there the way you are trying.
 
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You could put the XP drive in as boot drive and disconnect the Win 7 drive. After XP has loaded copy the files you want onto a flash drive or if you have another HDD large enough to handle all the files, put it into the external case. You should then be able to get your old files on the Win 7 drive. I have run ito this problem several times when people have upgraded to a Win 7 machine from an XP one.
 

AstroNut

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You could put the XP drive in as boot drive and disconnect the Win 7 drive.
I just tried that and got an error...Reboot and select proper boot device
I changed the bios to select the drive first and that didn't help.
 
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I have seen HDD's go bad in storage. You might want to double check that SATA and power cable are connected good to MB and drivev and that Bios is set to HDD first boot. I have had to try HDD's several times to get them to boot after storage. If that doesn't work you may have accidently corrupted the boot sector. You might try putting an XP OS disk in and do a system repair to make it bootable.
 

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Did you set the switches on the older XP drive to be a "SLAVE' drive? If you didn't, and that drive has an OS on it, it will try to boot. If you want to have your new Windows see that drive so that you can read and copy files from the older drive, you don't want it trying to boot up.

EDITED: Sorry, if I got off-track a bit. I missed seeing that you are trying to get data off of another computer via USB.

I've always mounted the old drive into my current system (after changing the pin locations to set it as a Slave drive). Sorry for the confusion.
 

AstroNut

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Did you set the switches on the older XP drive to be a "SLAVE' drive?
This is a SATA drive, is this still required? I have hooked other SATA drives up this way and they worked, but it was a XP drive in a XP computer.
 

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Well, I figured it out, I have 3 drives in the computer, a SSD for the operating system and 2 other storage drives, not sure why but when I remove one of my extra hard drives and replace it with the XP drive the computer won't boot, but if I choose the other drive it will boot, and I can see the files, mystery? Anyway I got the files I needed, thanks
 
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