Quote: Originally Posted by eddie57
The USB connection runs from the Sata cable that is connected to the "old hard drive. I have the powersupply that is connected to the old drive as well. Under disk management i can see the old drive and named it the J drive. i can now see it in Windows Explorer but no files are available. They are there because under Disk management is says the drive is 100GB with 70GB's available
Well, if you click on the drive on the left side of the Windows Explorer presentation you mean you see no folders or files on the right side?
Do you get any kind of "access denied" message, or nothing? Just no files showing?
Could this be a "permissions" issue? Were you the same user id on the old machine? I wonder if you can "take ownership" of the drive and reclaim the file system by that action?
How about this for an idea... use Partition Wizard to "explore partition" just to see if you can get to the drive's contents, on a purely physical level.
I'd suggest you download and install Paritition Wizard (free) Home Edition v5.2
along with its standalone boot CD which you can burn by downloading this ISO file
. The program itself runs under Windows 7, so you can see drive letters. The standalone boot CD is for emergencies, disaster/recovery, and for partition-related operations that cannot be performed while the Windows 7 operating system is active but must be run while standalone booted.
Anyway, if you run the program while booted to Windows 7, and select that second drive's partition letter (J, you called it) then on the left side of the PW interface there is a major category called "Operations", and in that group is a function named "Explore Partition". If you select it, you will get a popup window showing you the contents of that partition. It will show "used" and "free" as well.
Partition Wizard does not use the Windows Explorer API to present its partition contents. It's physically reading the drive by itself. We'd like to confirm that you really can get to it eventually, if we can first figure out why the drive is somehow being blocked from Windows Explorer.