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Data Access From Old Hard Drive

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November 3, 2013 4:14:42 PM

I have anew ssd and kept my hard drive with lots of data. The bios sees the old drive but I can't find it in my computer. The old drive had windows vista. I had a computer store install windows 7 on the new ssd and somehow that took Vista off of the old drive. They did a data recovery procedure and tell me that data is on the old drive. How do I get to it?

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November 3, 2013 4:30:34 PM

so you can't find it in Windows? It might not be formatted properly?
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November 3, 2013 5:46:31 PM

I can't find it in windows, but I think formatting is not the issue.
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November 3, 2013 5:47:08 PM

What could it be if it's not the formatting?
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a b G Storage
November 3, 2013 5:47:22 PM

so it shows in bios but not windows

can you see it in disk manager?
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November 3, 2013 7:09:45 PM

Yes, I can see it in Disk Manager. It does not have a drive letter and I don't have the option to assign one. I was able to reassign drive letters for the CD rom drives.
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a b G Storage
November 3, 2013 7:40:15 PM

so only possibility is that the drive is not formatted

try a data recovery program like recuvva to see if you can get some data off it
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a b G Storage
November 4, 2013 12:02:24 AM

braddyman said:
Yes, I can see it in Disk Manager. It does not have a drive letter and I don't have the option to assign one. I was able to reassign drive letters for the CD rom drives.


Nice job by the installers. Another option is to put a live linux on a flash and install testdisk to it. I've recovered entire partitions with it. Puppy linux is small and I keep a flash with it for repairing windows systems and any storage device.

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a c 317 G Storage
November 4, 2013 1:33:27 PM

Can you show us the contents of sector 0? You could use a disc editor such as DMDE (freeware).
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November 4, 2013 6:16:56 PM

Please post a pic or a link to a pic, of your disk management screen showing the drive.
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