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Windows 7: Data recovery using a disk enclosure

25 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Data recovery using a disk enclosure

My old HP Pavillion laptop crashed. It had Vista Home Premium 32bit. I now have a HP Mini running Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit. I need to get my files from my old HDD running Vista. I purchased a Gigaware Hard Disk 3.5 enclosure and placed the drive, which is a Western Digital ATA drive in the enclosure. Windows 7 sees the drive if I go to Disk Management, but it says it's unknown and wants me to Initialize it which will basically wipe the drive.

My question is does anyone have any suggestions on how I can get my files from my old HDD running Vista using my new laptop running Windows 7?

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25 Aug 2010   #2

Win7 Home Premium 64x

The drive shows up, but it doesn't recognize that anything is on it? as if it hasn't been formatted or anything.

The first thing I would suggest is to post a screenshot of the Disk Management tool. this can be found by typing "Disk Management" into the SearchBar.

You can also try using a recovery tool like Recuva to try and find the lost files. As long as they aren't overwritten, Recuva can restore them: Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
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