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Windows 7: Need to access some data on my old XP intact HDD

15 Feb 2011   #1

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Need to access some data on my old XP intact HDD

Hi,

Windows 7 64 bit successfully installed on a new 1TB HDD and I am totally happy with it now.

I kept my previous 500MB HDD with XP OS intact should I have had any problems with Windows 7.

My question is this: I do not intend to use my previous XP HDD now as an alternative boot HDD but would like to access some files from it which I forgot to back up elsewhere.

How should I connect it such that I can just access my files without it booting XP or maybe it wont try to boot XP anyway?

Don't want to let XP boot and maybe upset things.

Thanks.


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15 Feb 2011   #2

 

Either slave the drive (does that still exist?) or put that drive into an external case and use via USB -

You'll need to take ownership of the entire drive and give the "Everyone" group full access to the drive so your new SID will have access to the data.

1000'th
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15 Feb 2011   #3

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If windows 7 is on the device 0 channel for your motherboard plugging in the xp drive shouldn't affect boot.
Even if it somehow did, tossing in the win 7 disc and running a startup repair could revert things back.

...oh, are both drives sata? or is one ide?

and I haven't seen a slave/master jumper since IDE brady.
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15 Feb 2011   #4

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
and I haven't seen a slave/master jumper since IDE brady.
I'm old now
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15 Feb 2011   #5

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by brady View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
and I haven't seen a slave/master jumper since IDE brady.
I'm old now
Don't feel bad my first computer was a trs-80 model III.
My first harddrive was 40 meg and we couldn't figure how we'd ever use all that space... we're getting a bit off topic though.
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15 Feb 2011   #6

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Don't think there are any jumpers.

Do have an external USB case so could put it in that and access the files I want that way.

In fact, when 100% sure that I do not need to access any other files from it, I was going to wipe it and install in the external case for offsite backup purposes.

How is the best way to wipe it such that I can just use it for backups.

I used to use 'Format' with XP in previous times?
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15 Feb 2011   #7

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The usb case is the best option. That way you can plug in the drive after 7 has already loaded.
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15 Feb 2011   #8

 

Might want to keep the drive unplugged until you boot the machine up, incase for whatever reason the Bios is set for USB boots over local drive (highly unlikely though).

After you get the permissions setup to where you have access, just copy the important stuff over to your local drive.

Once you are 10000000% sure you have all your important things, simply right click on the external through disk management or windows explorer and select Format. Call the drive what you want, select NTFS and off you go.
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15 Feb 2011   #9
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As long as Windows 7 remains set to boot first in BIOS setup, you can plug in the XP HD to access data.

You may need to share files to copy them over to Windows 7.
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15 Feb 2011   #10

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Looks like the USB external HDD is out of the frame as it is IDE, the 500GB XP drive is SATA so is not going to fit.

If I have Windows 7 running and then connect the XP drive will it be seen or does it have to be connected before 7 is booted?
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