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Windows 7: Can't Read Files on Hard Drive That Was Previously Used With XP

11 Feb 2012   #11
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I looked and saw the same thing, but i'm sure there is a way and i'll defer to someone with that knowledge.


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11 Feb 2012   #12
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

You need to use Diskpart to remove the active flag from the old hard drive.
Partition - Mark as Inactive
That is a good idea, because we have seen some instances here where Windows is ignoring drives because they are redundant active drives.

If that does not work then you should look into using a recovery program like Recuva to try and find those files.
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11 Feb 2012   #13
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TVeblen View Post
You need to use Diskpart to remove the active flag from the old hard drive.
Partition - Mark as Inactive
That is a good idea, because we have seen some instances here where Windows is ignoring drives because they are redundant active drives.

If that does not work then you should look into using a recovery program like Recuva to try and find those files.
Thank you very much TVeblen, i thought there was a way but didn't realize HOW???
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11 Feb 2012   #14
Agent 86

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 

Thank you, bit of a noob, though.

Once I get to DiskPart commands, will it be obvious, or do I need to enter more info to get to where I need to be ?
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11 Feb 2012   #15
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

The tutorial TVeblen posted will walk you right thru it, pic's as well.
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11 Feb 2012   #16
Agent 86

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 

Doh, didn't realize it was a link. Thank you both, I will try later and let you know the outcome.

Cheers
Dan
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11 Feb 2012   #17
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Your welcome good luck and hope you are successful.
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12 Feb 2012   #18
Agent 86

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 

That was simpler than I thought, sadly it did not fix the problem. I have 95% saved on an external HD, but recent pics of my coil-over project are locked in there, otherwise I would just format it and be done.

Any other thoughts ?
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12 Feb 2012   #19
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Yes, use this program to try and recover the files, then you can just format it afterward:
Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

Or use this program to try and repair the Master File Table (MFT) - not to be confused with the Master Boot Record (MBR).
TestDisk - CGSecurity
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12 Feb 2012   #20
Agent 86

Windows 7 Ultimate 32
 
 

No luck with recuva, bit I think I'm getting somewhere with testdisk. I'm at the point of where to copy files, but it wants to send them to C, which does not have enough room.
Can I save it to the drive I'm working on ?
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