Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Data Transfer using Internal -> External USB

20 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Data Transfer using Internal -> External USB

I suppose this is more of a question/answer than an actual real-time issue. Mneighbor has a 10 year old HP desktop and his computer fails to get past the Windows XP loading screen. I broke the news to him that he can replace the hdd/os or he can just be practical and upgrade to a brand new system. I tried to transfer his files off by adapting his IDE drive to USB with a data transfer adapter. I was trying to transfer the information to his windows vista laptop. The USB installation "Chime" sound kept going off and on (as if I was unplugging and replugging the port) but it would not show up in 'My Computer' with the exception of showing up for a split second. The drive never lost power while in it's original tower so I doubt that the drive disconnecting is due to power issues.

My question is this; Did windows vista pose to be problematic with external hard drives? My next plan is to try with one of my Windows 7 laptops to see if I can bring the files over to my computer so that I can create discs for my neighbor. Is this worth trying at all?

Any input would be appreciated. Thank you

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Mar 2011   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Are you using an adapter like this ?

Data Transfer using Internal -> External USB-tri_head_tb24611.jpg

Are you getting enough power to the old HD ?

Are the USB ports on the receiving computer USB 1.1 or 2.0 ?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

yes, yes, and usb 2.0.

I ran devmgmt.msc to uncheck powering off the usb root hub (I figured that might have been the problem) but that didn't help

I tried using the Power cord with the data cable, and also using the computer's power supply itself with the data cable to usb on the laptop, again, no avail.

the drive doesn't stop spinning and the power is constant. I really have no idea what to make of this.

and thank you for your quick response. I'm very confused.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Data Transfer using Internal -> External USB

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
External HDD data recovery - Chkdsk erased some data!!
I booted up my Win 7 computer today and ChkDsk said my Ex HDD may have been corrupted and proceeded to delete some files. Those were some very important files - how can I get them back? (Video and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 files) I prefer free methods on this - I know I can buy software to do this,...
Backup and Restore
Gradually slowing file transfer (internal and external 3.0 hd)
Hello, made this account to ask some PC questions. I filled out a ton of PC specific questions so if you're wondering what motherboard I'm using or hard drive, look there (wherever it is, still new so ...) Anyhow, I did some scans with CrystalDiskInfo and have attached it for your viewing....
Performance & Maintenance
Slow internal file transfer on Win 7 Pro RAID1 disk
Hi all, I was wondering if I could speed up file transfers on my Windwos 7 machine. I currently have 2x2TB SATA drives in RAID1 configuration (see below) but I feel the transfer speed is low when copying from one folder to another. Can anyone say what the expected speed should be and what I...
Performance & Maintenance
Internal HDD Data Transfer Rates.
hello. Simply put... i have a Samsung spinpoint F1 1TB 7200 sata 2 transfering 40 GB's to a Western Digital 3TB Green Caviar sata 3 5200. i dont believe i have set anything to do with sata transfer rates. its taking 10+ minutes to complete the 40 GB data transfer. Is this normal? if it...
Hardware & Devices
Data recovery problem, Can reach corrupted data but no external space.
Hi everyone.. My external USb Wd mybook box has 1 tb Seagate Sata 3 and i use original Wd disc as W7 installed... in My PC Case as sata II Today my old problem appears again as Corrupted disc... I have Get Data Back NTFS (and i used before plenty of times for recovery, loss data or...
Hardware & Devices
Transfer programs and data to new computer? External Hardrive!
Hello, Having never done it, I am attempting to help my friend. Has old laptop, been making system image backups with Macrium Free on external usb WD Hardrive. Now wishes to get new laptop and transfer pertinent data and programs to the new computer. I haven't a clue. He had not installed the...
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:47.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App