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Windows 7: Cannot find files on second HDD

4 Weeks Ago   #1
RTFarley

Windows 7 Home Professional 64bit
 
 
Cannot find files on second HDD

I was running two Dell PC's both running Windows 7 Pro. When the older one suffered a power supply failure I installed the 1TB drive that was its sole drive into the running PC. Although I can access the second drive now, I cannot find any of my photos, files, or desktop folders. I see program files and scores of empty folders.

Is there a way to access the files on the second HDD? Or, should I install a new power supply in the older PC and go back to running both PC's?


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4 Weeks Ago   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum. One problem will be the security on the drive will be set to the owners of the old PC so even if you can see the files you can't access them you would have to take ownership in order to get them. You can have problems with another pc if it's set different is the drive is set to ide
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4 Weeks Ago   #3
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi RTFarley,

Welcome to SevenForums!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RTFarley View Post
I was running two Dell PC's both running Windows 7 Pro. When the older one suffered a power supply failure I installed the 1TB drive that was its sole drive into the running PC. Although I can access the second drive now, I cannot find any of my photos, files, or desktop folders. I see program files and scores of empty folders.

Is there a way to access the files on the second HDD? Or, should I install a new power supply in the older PC and go back to running both PC's?
This might be of some use => Take Ownership.
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4 Weeks Ago   #4
RTFarley

Windows 7 Home Professional 64bit
 
 
One More Question

Can I remove that second HDD and put it back in the older PC as the primary drive (where it was) without losing the original data?

I did take ownership of the folders but it didn't help. Still couldn't find the data files.
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4 Weeks Ago   #5
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

It should work in the old pc ok. If fiesare missing you may need to use recovery software
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4 Weeks Ago   #6
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi RTFarley,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by samuria View Post
It should work in the old pc ok. If files are missing you may need to use recovery software.
I agree with samuria.
You could also use a Linux Live CD to recover the files!
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4 Weeks Ago   #7
RTFarley

Windows 7 Home Professional 64bit
 
 
Thanks Everyone

You've all been a lot of help. Glad I joined this Forum.
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