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Solved: how to get things off of old hard drive

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  1. rubeckf

    rubeckf Thread Starter

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    A friend had an old computer that died. However, the hard drive is good. She is getting a used HP Pavillion a1000y from someone. She wants me to try and get her geniology and photos off her old hard drive. I took it out and put it in this one as a slave drive. All the drives are on CS. It shows up in device manager and says it's working correctly. It doesn't show up in MY Computer with a drive letter though. How can I get to it and try to get these things off for her?
    I have also gotten the restore disks and restored it back to factory settings. It's running Win XP home edition.
     
  2. Bob Cerelli

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    Have you assigned it a drive letter in the Device Manager?
     
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    Are they both the same format ie FAT32, NTFS, etc.?
     
  4. JohnWill

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    They don't have to be the same format, XP or 2K will read NTFS or FAT.
     
  5. rubeckf

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    No, I haven't assigned it a drive letter. I thought it would automatically do that. How do I do that?
     
  6. Bob Cerelli

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    If you want to change the letters assigned to your fixed or removable drives:

    1. Right Click on My Computer
    2. Select Manage
    3. Select Disk Management

    For a Fixed Disk:

    1. Select it
    2. Right click
    3. Select Change Drive Letter and Path
    4. Click on the Edit button
    5. Enter in the letter you want to us
     
  7. rubeckf

    rubeckf Thread Starter

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    Bob, I just went down where the computer is and tried to do what you said last. Here's what comes up. It's called Teminternet Partition Basic Fat 32 Healthy (active) 18.99 GB.
    When I rt click on it the Change Drive Letter and Path is not highlighted. The only thing that is, is Delete Partition and Help.
     
  8. Bob Cerelli

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    If no drive letter is assigned, you may need to just assign one then.
     
  9. rubeckf

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    I still can't figure out how to assign a drive letter. There is already a C, D & E, so it would have to be F.
     
  10. Bob Cerelli

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    If that is the next one available and you want it to be F: then you can use that drive letter.
     
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    Did you jumper it correctly for the controller it's attached to?
    What is CS?
    Are you saying you ran a full restore on the drive before attaching it to your system? Or did you run some kind of installation or restore on it after you connected it to your system?
     
  12. Bob Cerelli

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    CS typically stands for Cable Select
     
  13. rubeckf

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    DoubleHelix, I think I've confused you. I'm talking about 2 different computers. The one that I restored back is the one that I'm trying to fix up for her now. I then took this HD out of her old one and am trying to run it as a secondary drive on this newer one, just long enough to get all her geneology and photos etc off for her.
    Bob, back to the assigning a drive letter, it won't let me do it!! Nothing is highlighted that I can click on.
     
  14. rubeckf

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    I just decided to try something different, so put it on as MA to the DVD drive. Still the same thing happens. Won't let me assign a drive letter to it.
     
  15. DoubleHelix

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    If you ran a full system restore on the drive you're now trying to get data off, there may not be any data on it. A full restore generally erases everything.

    As to why you can't assign it a drive letter, the problem is almost definitely in the way it's jumpered and cabled possibly in relation to the way your other drives are jumpered and cabled. I've never used Cable Select, and a simple master/slave setup always worked for me. You need to try a different configuration.
     
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