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

15 Feb 2011   #11

Windows 10 Pro x64

Connect the drive first do not try to hot swap it.
It should boot to Windows 7 first if the bios is set correctly.
If it boots to XP just copy what you want to the new drive
It won't do any damage booting to the XP drive.

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15 Feb 2011   #12

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Windows 7 x64

Plugging in hardware while the machine is powered on can cause anything from your power supply locking up to protect from damage, to damaging the device controllers, and is not generally recommended.

Plus the system generally looks for new internal hardware at boot time, and may not even see it properly if done this way.

It can be done, I've seen it done, but it's very risky and I don't really suggest it.

Kodi is right, if it boots xp, you can simply copy from that side, and the likelihood of it interfering with the windows 7 bootmgr is practically non existent.
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15 Feb 2011   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Again once you have the data you want removed, go to disk mgmt and rt click the drive and delete the volumn, then it will go to unallocated space, then click the unallocated space go up to action and create a new volumn follow the wizard and your done
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15 Feb 2011   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Note   Note

Contrary to popular belief, doing a format with Windows 7 does not remove any data at all, it just checks for sector errors and marks the space to be over-written as needed, all the data is still there including all the code from previous/failed installation attempts.

The only real way to remove, over-write data from a Hard Disk Drive is to do a complete wipe (secure erase) to the entire drive, have a look at this tutorial at the link below, you'll want to do the clean all listed in step #7 from an elevated command window.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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