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Windows 7: Ide/Sata usb adapter

18 May 2010   #1
alibren

windows 7
 
 
Ide/Sata usb adapter

I am trying to use a usb adapter to move files off my old hard drive (ide) onto my new system (sata). It does not show up in windows explorer but does in disk management. It wants to initialize the drive which brings me to the question of whether or not that will erase my files on old drive which I am trying to access. I have read thru several forums and have seen some yes some no answers, at this point I am totally confused, I can not afford to lose the files on the old drive. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.


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18 May 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alibren View Post
I am trying to use a usb adapter to move files off my old hard drive (ide) onto my new system (sata). It does not show up in windows explorer but does in disk management. It wants to initialize the drive which brings me to the question of whether or not that will erase my files on old drive which I am trying to access. I have read thru several forums and have seen some yes some no answers, at this point I am totally confused, I can not afford to lose the files on the old drive. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Old drive (with data) is initialized (what OS?) and so should not be or you will lose the data. New drive (empty) may need to be initialized before use.


Ken
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18 May 2010   #3
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Make sure the drive has a letter. http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html
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18 May 2010   #4
alibren

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alibren View Post
I am trying to use a usb adapter to move files off my old hard drive (ide) onto my new system (sata). It does not show up in windows explorer but does in disk management. It wants to initialize the drive which brings me to the question of whether or not that will erase my files on old drive which I am trying to access. I have read thru several forums and have seen some yes some no answers, at this point I am totally confused, I can not afford to lose the files on the old drive. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Old drive (with data) is initialized (what OS?) and so should not be or you will lose the data. New drive (empty) may need to be initialized before use.


Ken
Old drive has XP on it new drive has Windows 7. It is wanting to initialize my old one.
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18 May 2010   #5
alibren

windows 7
 
 

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It won't let me assign a drive letter, just wants to initilize the drive.
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18 May 2010   #6
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Initializing the drive may or may not wipe the data but it'll definitely make it much more harder to locate. What data are you trying to transfer/ save? If it is docs, music, video or pictures, I would suggest backing up manually to external media. Then, if you wish, you can restore it to the new drive. Might be more tedious and take longer, but could save you a headache later.
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18 May 2010   #7
alibren

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
Initializing the drive may or may not wipe the data but it'll definitely make it much more harder to locate. What data are you trying to transfer/ save? If it is docs, music, video or pictures, I would suggest backing up manually to external media. Then, if you wish, you can restore it to the new drive. Might be more tedious and take longer, but could save you a headache later.
Yes those are the types of files I am wanting to transfer. I am sorry for not being clearer in what I am doing/using. I have the old drive (xp) with all my files on it which I am trying to connect to my new system which is running windows 7 via a ide/sata usb adapter. I do not know of a way to back up these files manually as my old system gave up the ghost so I have no other way to access it's hard drive except thru this adapter. If you have any suggestions I am open to them.
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