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Transfer files from removed laptop hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by 1Andrew1, Aug 4, 2010.

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  1. 1Andrew1

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    My laptop died and I removed the hard drive.
    I hooked the hard drive up to my new laptop via a SATA/IDE cable.
    I can see the old hard drive in the E drive and it appears that all the contents are there by the size of the hard drive (same as when I had it in the old laptop) but I can only see, actually view, a very small percentage of the drive.
    My goal: I want to transfer all old music, word documents and photos from old laptop into new laptop.
    My issue: I can't see most of the files or I don't seem to have total access.
    The ingredients being used:
    Old lap top was a hp pavillion ze4500 with about 27 gig fuijitsu hard drive
    New laptop is hp with 80 gig hard drive
    Both systems are running XP.
    Any and all help is greatly appreciated.
     
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    Thanks! I'll give it a try and let you know how it went.
     
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    I did see more of the drive after taking ownership but I can't seem to find the exact files I'm looking for. It is as if all has been put into some code. I want to find word docs, photos and music. None of my searches of the E drive show the docs I want, any music and only some of my photos. I know the information is on the drive since it is still near capacity - just as when I took it out of the laptop.

    Another use suggested I switch the old drive to the "slave" and, after reading how to handle that task by switching the "jumper" around, I could not access the old drive at all. I switched it back to its original setting.

    Any other ideas? I think the problem may be that the old drive was XP Home and the new laptop is XP Pro. Does that matter?

    Help.

    Thanks
     
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