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Windows 7: How to use my old hard drive if old computer is dead

23 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
How to use my old hard drive if old computer is dead

Greetings.

I recently purchased a refurbished computer after my previous died on me. Nothing was wrong with the old hard drive, though, so I took it out and put it into an enclosure.

I'm trying to access that hard drive with my new computer but when I plug it into the USB port nothing happens. Power is going into the hard drive and the light is on, but the new computer simply isn't recognizing that anything is plugged in.

I tried to find some kind of program on the new computer that can do the transfer, but the Easy Transfer thing can only work if I set it up on the old computer first.

How do I get the new computer to recognize the old computer's hard drive?

Windows 7 Ultimate is installed on both hard drives, but I think the new one is 64-bit while the old one is 32-bit. They are both part of the HP Pavilion series, but slightly different models. And, uh... I can't think of any more relevant information.

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23 Jan 2011   #2

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23 Jan 2011   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I think the answer might be here:
Quote:
I'm trying to access that hard drive with my new computer but when I plug it into the USB port nothing happens. Power is going into the hard drive and the light is on, but the new computer simply isn't recognizing that anything is plugged in.
Can you not connect the old hard drive, internally as secondary to the new one!
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23 Jan 2011   #4

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

What is the makel & model of each HD ? Are they SATA or IDE HD's ?
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23 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@theog - Is the attachment what you were looking for?

@mitchell65 - Would there be space inside the laptop? I don't know how to do that...

@Doc Brown - I'm assuming they're both SATA. They're both less than two years old...


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23 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Is the old hard drive from a laptop or desktop?
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24 Jan 2011   #7
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Plug in your disk via the usb port.
From an elevated command prompt (in start type cmd, right click on cmd.exe, run as administrator)
type
>diskpart
>list disk

if it sees the disk
>list volume
>select disk n where n is the listed disk number
>list partition
>exit

Do you see anything other than your main HDD?
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24 Jan 2011   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cusser1119 View Post

@mitchell65 - Would there be space inside the laptop? I don't know how to do that...
Had you filled in your system specification we would have known that you are talking about a laptop. When you referred to "Your Computer" I assumed it was a Desktop!
Can you get access to a Desktop?
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24 Jan 2011   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cusser1119 View Post
@theog - Is the attachment what you were looking for?

@mitchell65 - Would there be space inside the laptop? I don't know how to do that...

@Doc Brown - I'm assuming they're both SATA. They're both less than two years old...
YES.

What type of enclosure are you using?

When you plug in the enclosure will Windows install the drivers?


You may like to take a read of DocBrown thread
http://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-...ard-drive.html
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24 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 64 bit SP1
 
 

Bad enclosure?
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