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Windows 7: XP Hard Drive in Windows 7 x64 machine failure

09 Dec 2011   #1
Anthon01

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
XP Hard Drive in Windows 7 x64 machine failure

My Xp machine won't boot. So I moved the HD into my W7 machine. The drive shows up in WExplorer but it won't show directories or files. Any help would be appreciated.


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09 Dec 2011   #2
gregrocker

 

Give XP a drive letter in Disk Management. You may also need to take ownership of XP files: Take Ownership Shortcut

To boot XP on new hardware you'll need to try running an XP Repair Install.

Unplug any other HD's first. After repair, plug back in WIn7 HD, set it first to boot, then boot the XP HD using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key which on most Gateways is F10.
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09 Dec 2011   #3
Anthon01

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Give XP a drive letter in Disk Management. You may also need to take ownership of XP files: Take Ownership Shortcut
I want to make sure I understand. The XP HD is visible (has a letter) on the W7 machine. However when I enter Wexplorer and click on the drive letter the W7 computer is busy for several minutes before it tells me I'm out of time. No folders or files are displayed. Additionally it looks like "taking ownership of files requires you to click on a folder. Unfortunately I can only see the Drive letter but no files or folders.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
To boot XP on new hardware you'll need to try running an XP Repair Install.
My intention was to access the drive on the W7 machine so I could copy data files. Do I need to boot XP on my new W7 machine to do that? If I am understanding you correctly, you are saying that repairing the XP Drive using XP Repair Install then allow me to access the same HD on my W7 machine?

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Unplug any other HD's first. After repair, plug back in WIn7 HD, set it first to boot, then boot the XP HD using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key which on most Gateways is F10.
Thanks again.

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09 Dec 2011   #4
gregrocker

 

Safest would be to move the HD back to XP machine to offload data via external, stick, DVD or over the network. You need it backed up better than a dodgy HD anyway.

I would run Disk Check and maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan on the HD to get that out of the way.

Next I'd look at controller settings in BIOS to see what is being asked of the XP HD on new hardware.
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