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Windows 7: Reading a old HD

23 Dec 2012   #11
bonkers72

Win 7 Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Yes I know for sure there is another windows installation on there. And yes I happen to have a external HD connected to my current system. My external HD has a USB and Sata connection in the back. I have it currently connected via Sata to my system. How do I go about hooking up the old HD then? Boot up my system as normal with the external HD turned on,then plug in the old HD via a USB/Sata connector? (cus I need one end to be USB to fit in the back of the external HD and the other end (Sata) into the old HD)....right? Thanks for the help.


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23 Dec 2012   #12
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

If there is Windows on the old HDD, hook them both up but go into BIOS at start up and set your regular HDD as the first boot device.
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23 Dec 2012   #13
LittleJay

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bonkers72 View Post
Yes I know for sure there is another windows installation on there. And yes I happen to have a external HD connected to my current system. My external HD has a USB and Sata connection in the back. I have it currently connected via Sata to my system. How do I go about hooking up the old HD then? Boot up my system as normal with the external HD turned on,then plug in the old HD via a USB/Sata connector? (cus I need one end to be USB to fit in the back of the external HD and the other end (Sata) into the old HD)....right? Thanks for the help.
edit: You can try seeing if the old HDD will boot, that would be the easiest way, but if for some reason it doesn't, then you can try the suggest below.

No, I was talking about a HDD enclosure you could put the old drive into, or HDD dock. What you need to do, since there is another OS on the old HDD, is to use a system repair, or a Windows installation disk to boot your system up into with just the old HDD hooked up to the system. The reason for this is it makes it simpler to use diskpart. Then open command prompt and follow these steps.

1) type "diskpart" (without the quotations) and press enter.
2) type "list disk" and press enter.
3) type "select disk #" (# being the number that is shown for your old HDD) and press enter.
4) type "list partition" and press enter
5) type "select partition #" (#being the partition the OS is on) and press enter
6) type "inactive" and press enter. That's it. I think you should be able to hook your new HDD back up and it should boot up now.
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23 Dec 2012   #14
3D Jed

Windows 7 pro x64 SP1
 
 

The OP says he has SATA and power connector, so no need for diskpart, external caddy or Linux, just hook both HDs up internally and set BIOS to boot from original HD
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24 Dec 2012   #15
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bonkers72 View Post
Have a old HD I want to read. Need to get the pictures off of it. It is SATA. Pluggged it into my pc, after disconnecting my main HD, but it asks to boot from CD/ROM. I don't have a cd for that HD. What can I do to successfully read it? Thanks.
Hi there
Easy way --get a Cheap USB==>sata adapter then plug in to USB port. Works every time.

Here's a UK link -- similar in other countries.

Easiest way to access old HDD's without having to open up Laptop or workstation Mobo.

USB to IDE & SATA Cable Kit USBNow.co.uk

Cheers
jimbo
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24 Dec 2012   #16
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

another thing you can try is hotswapping. THat is, boot your computer with the old hard drive disconnected, then connect its data cable and then its power cable.

WIthin a reasonable amount of time (less than 5 minutes) it will get recognized and added to My Computer, if not disconnect and try again a few times.

That's something that works with my prehistoric hardware so should work with yours as well.
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