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August 14, 2013 8:41:54 PM

Hi Everyone. I have a new Laptop, and two dead desktops. I connected two drives as external drives - but the computer doesn't see all the volume - and none of the data. ...Is there software or hardware that can help? ...My guess is that the new computer can't read the older drives format - Sata 1, 32 gb Windows XP...etc.

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August 14, 2013 8:47:14 PM

Added Details - I can find the drives on my computer and named the drives. The computer only sees a fraction of the volumes and none of the Data I want to retrieve. Formating the drives will kill the data, so I'm frustrated.
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August 14, 2013 8:52:33 PM

Try right-clicking 'My Computer' and choosing 'Manage'. Then select 'Disk Management' in the 'Storage' section. Watch for any warnings, but you may need to just enable the volume there :) 
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August 14, 2013 9:19:21 PM

bigwoofer said:
Try right-clicking 'My Computer' and choosing 'Manage'. Then select 'Disk Management' in the 'Storage' section. Watch for any warnings, but you may need to just enable the volume there :) 


Will filling the volume format the drive - erasing the data? I've only done this with new drives - never with an old drive where I want to save the existing files.
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August 14, 2013 9:24:52 PM

Yes, formatting the drive will "erase" the data for all practical purposes. I would 'Enable' the volume, not 'FORMAT' the drive :) 
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August 14, 2013 9:49:36 PM

bigwoofer said:
Yes, formatting the drive will "erase" the data for all practical purposes. I would 'Enable' the volume, not 'FORMAT' the drive :) 


Thank you for your patience. It's much appreciated. I went in and tried every way I know how to populate the volume - but after clicking on populate it's saying: disk 2 - type unknown; status - not initialized; capacity - 0; unallocated - 0; reserved space - 0 Checks on the disk say it's healthy.
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August 14, 2013 10:03:23 PM

bigwoofer said:
Yes, formatting the drive will "erase" the data for all practical purposes. I would 'Enable' the volume, not 'FORMAT' the drive :) 


I looked further in properties. The other discs are all NTFS. This disc is identified as FAT32. I'll google that to see what it means. But perhaps this is part of the problem?
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August 15, 2013 7:21:53 AM

FAT32 is a different format that NTFS. NTFS is the more stable of the 2 formats. FAT32 for computer hard drives pretty much went unused after windows NT/2000/XP and beyond made NTFS available. Most flash drives/discs seem to be FAT32 for compatibility though. Operating systems on NTFS can see and navigate FAT32 drives but not vice-versa.

OK, try initializing the drive, it should be an option when you right click it. It has to be initialized for you to navigate it in Windows. The operating system will warn you when you're about to do something that will lose the data.
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August 15, 2013 7:22:28 AM

"When you right click it" is the option under 'Manage', not in 'My Computer' by the way :) 
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August 15, 2013 8:32:40 AM

bigwoofer said:
"When you right click it" is the option under 'Manage', not in 'My Computer' by the way :) 


Thanks again for being so kind. I'm not quite here yet. When I try to initialize it's saying "The device is not ready", regardless of which option I check off. So sorry for dragging this out. But I am learning something and appreciate what you've shared so far.
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December 1, 2013 7:25:39 AM

What happens when you put the drives back in the old desktops? If they'll boot up, remove the passwords from the operating system and try again. I've noticed that's the only way I can reliably access data on drives is if there's no password on the drives you're trying to access.
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