Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Cannot access my old SATA hard drive

09 Aug 2014   #1
nikkatnight

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Cannot access my old SATA hard drive

Hello all. I really need some help.

I just got a brand new Dell Inspiron 3542 laptop with Windows 7. My old laptop, a Dell 1545 Inspiron running Vista, died but I saved the hard drive (a SATA hard drive).

When I plug in my old hard drive to my new laptop, my new laptop recognizes it and a pop up box comes up to "open the folder and view files" for OS (F) and Recovery (E)

My files are on the F: one that comes up. I click on a folder under "Users" but it says I do not have permission to access it and I need to "click Continue to gain access". I do so and then a green bar takes a few seconds to load, and then it tell me I have been denied access. Then it says to click go to the security tab to gain access but when I click that, I get a big red X in a circle. Then the hard drive disappears from my Computer window and shuts off.

I really need some help because I have files I need from this hard drive. My even older Gateway IDE hard drive plugs in and works like a dream so I don't understand. Can somebody please help?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
09 Aug 2014   #2
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You might try taking ownership of the disk. Take Ownership Shortcut

Were you using Bitlocker, a password on disk or other security feature on the old disk?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Aug 2014   #3
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Another option is this

BOOTABLE UBUNTU

Make a bootable Ubuntu disk http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Set the BIOS to boot from theoptical when the machine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL> select TRYnot INSTALL

When it is finished - it takes verylittle time you will get a screen like in the pic .

Open the drive you want > Userand dig down until you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy /paste the material you want to an external source or other installed drive doingthis.

I am not sure if it will but I haverecovered tons of data etc using this method both on "dead" or justplain drives that you cannot get data from using Windows.


Attached Thumbnails
Cannot access my old SATA hard drive-ubuntu-screen.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

09 Aug 2014   #4
nikkatnight

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for the help so far. I wasn't using Bitlocker. I'm a little confused as to why I'd need to download something to access my old hard drive?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Aug 2014   #5
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Just a suggestion form me mate and not compulsory depends how much you want to know what is inside the drive
It is so easy to set up and use but the choice is yours.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Aug 2014   #6
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nikkatnight View Post
Thanks for the help so far. I wasn't using Bitlocker. I'm a little confused as to why I'd need to download something to access my old hard drive?
The suggestions are just to make it easier. You don't have to install/download anything. You can do it manually.

Right click on a folder of the old drive, select Properties.
Click on the Security Tab then click on Advanced.
Click on the Owner Tab then Edit.
In the Owner window, select the new owner.
Be sure to check the box "Replace owner on subcontainers and objects".
Click Apply then OK out.

Use this for data folders only.


Attached Thumbnails
Cannot access my old SATA hard drive-permission-folder.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Aug 2014   #7
nikkatnight

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I only have about a minute after I plug in the drive to do anything before it disappears completely.

I tried to go to the security tab of one of my folders but it said "The requested security information is either unavailable or can't be displayed"

Sometimes plugging in the drive causes Windows Explorer to stop working until the drive shuts off and disappears from my computer.

Any other ideas?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Aug 2014   #8
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

You didn't mention any of this before.

How is the drive attached? Is it in an external case connected via USB or are you physically installing it inside the new laptop? Is the laptop plugged into an AC adaptor or are you running off battery when this happens? And, I'm not sure what you mean by "disappears". Please explain.

Have you run any malware scans on your laptop?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Aug 2014   #9
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

I'll leave with carwiz mate as I made my suggestion as what to do and it is what I would do but if you are not willing to just make a bootable disk and try then it is your choice - good luck!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
10 Aug 2014   #10
nikkatnight

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Sorry. I didn't know I couldn't do any of that stuff until I tried.

The drive is attached via a usb cable. It's a SATA drive. The laptop It is plugged in with the AC adapter when I do this.

The computer is brand new and I run frequent scans with Security Essentials.

What I mean by "Disappears": When I plug in the drive I can hear it running internally from its own ac adapter. I plug it into my computer and the Autoplay pop ups come up. There is a green bar that shows it is "loading" I guess? The green bar is in the Computer bar. Once the green bar gets to the end, the drive stops running and is gone from my Computer box.

Does that make sense?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Cannot access my old SATA hard drive




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Upgrading Hard Disk from SATA to SATA 3 Drive
The time has come for me to wipe the hard drive and re-install Windows 7 following a recent disastrous download that's effectively knocked out my Internet Explorer 11 and rendered Internet browsing difficult. My system has since become unstable and progressively slow and unfortunately, for some...
Hardware & Devices
can't access 2nd SATA drive after reformat
I had to reformat my 1st hd last night, but after it all got done, i can't access the data on my second hd. it shows up (in explorer), and i can see that there are files on it (used space), but when i open that drive in explorer, it shows as empty. i did the disc management route, and it shows...
General Discussion
How do I transfer files from bad sata hard drive to new hard drive
Hi. I have a virus infected sata hard drive with windows 7 on it. It has the win 7 anti virus 2012 on it, and it's a cybercriminal virus. I have lots of files I want to transfer to the new sata drive. I already have windows 7 installed on the new drive. How do I get the files from the bad drive to...
Installation & Setup
Install Windows 7 with Sata Hard Drive and IDE DVD ROM Drive
Hi, Is this possible? I have tried numerous times on my PC to install Windows 7 onto my Sata Drive to no avail. Yet as soon as I plug in my IDE HD it installs fine. I have unplugged all external peripherals USB and internal Card Reader. Set my Bios ok as it sees both the Hard Drive and DVD fine...
Installation & Setup
Can't Access SATA Hard Drive using USB Adaptor
I cannot get my Windows 7 x64 laptop to access my SATA Hard Drive connected via a USB adaptor. Upon connecting for the first time or after you have uninstalled the USB Mass Storage device, it successfully installs the drivers. But you cannot see the drive listed in "My Computer" nor access it. ...
Hardware & Devices
Hard Drive Dissapears after installing 2nd SATA Drive
Hi Everyone, I just bought a 1.5TB Seagate SATA HDD Which I will be using as a data drive. I have my Primary 320gig sata hd which i use for windows. Now when I go to install the 1.5tb Drive, it detects it on first boot in the bios. when it trys to boot, it hangs on a black screen and doesnt ...
Hardware & Devices


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:39.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App