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Transfer old hdd to new build.

My old computer booted an "unactivated" Vista 64 on a WD Caviar Green, 1tb drive. Long story short: eventually the drive stopped booting completely and became unusable.

It was time for a serious hardware upgrade anyways so now that I've built a new machine, I'm trying to transfer the 750 gigs or so of data on the old hdd to this machine. Problem is, when I plug it in, hdd isn't recognized.

How can I recover the data on this hdd? The new system runs Win7, does that have anything to do with compatibility?
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  1. codet74 said:
    My old computer booted an "unactivated" Vista 64 on a WD Caviar Green, 1tb drive. Long story short: eventually the drive stopped booting completely and became unusable.

    It was time for a serious hardware upgrade anyways so now that I've built a new machine, I'm trying to transfer the 750 gigs or so of data on the old hdd to this machine. Problem is, when I plug it in, hdd isn't recognized.

    How can I recover the data on this hdd? The new system runs Win7, does that have anything to do with compatibility?


    If the HDD originally failed to boot there is a good chance that it was not detected. Is the old HDD detected at all in the new build? If not then there is a good chance its dead and requires replacement. Check for warranty status prior to tossing it out.
  2. Well now I have even bigger issues. :/ I re-installed the Caviar Green hdd and it WAS recognized this time. However, doing so made me unable to access the internet for some reason, it says the network device is off or something.

    Not only that, but upon restarting the computer, now the boot screen simply switches from a black screen to a "please wait..." loading screen, endlessly.

    I can only load into Safe Mode, and unplugging the hdd and system restore did nothing. A little help, please, as I'm totally lost now.
  3. Ok so I ended up having to reinstall windows to fix whatever freak accident that boot problem was. Luckily for me it's a brand new build so no important data on here.

    My original problem still stands: Yes, the hdd is recognized when I "install/plug" it in. How do I recover the data? It says that it's still on there but I can't find any of it.
  4. codet74 said:
    Ok so I ended up having to reinstall windows to fix whatever freak accident that boot problem was. Luckily for me it's a brand new build so no important data on here.

    My original problem still stands: Yes, the hdd is recognized when I "install/plug" it in. How do I recover the data? It says that it's still on there but I can't find any of it.


    You may want to try booting your system with an Ubuntu live disk and attempt to mount the drive; once mounted you should then attempt to copy your critical data over to another drive. Once the data has been backed up and verified, you should then format the old HDD and run some tests on it via the vendor website.
  5. elmo2006 said:
    codet74 said:
    Ok so I ended up having to reinstall windows to fix whatever freak accident that boot problem was. Luckily for me it's a brand new build so no important data on here.

    My original problem still stands: Yes, the hdd is recognized when I "install/plug" it in. How do I recover the data? It says that it's still on there but I can't find any of it.


    You may want to try booting your system with an Ubuntu live disk and attempt to mount the drive; once mounted you should then attempt to copy your critical data over to another drive. Once the data has been backed up and verified, you should then format the old HDD and run some tests on it via the vendor website.



    Ok, so to verify: I need to start the system with an Ubuntu (via usb) OS, and THEN plug in the drive? Will I be able to see and access my other, existing drives?
  6. "Ok, so to verify: I need to start the system with an Ubuntu (via usb) OS, and THEN plug in the drive? Will I be able to see and access my other, existing drives?"

    No:
    1. Connect the the laptop drive to another sata port while the desktop is powered off.
    2. Power up the desktop with the Ubuntu Live Disk and boot into Ubuntu.
    3. Once in Ubuntu, you may need to mount the laptop HDD and then once mounted see if you can *explore* the contents.
    4. If you can *explore* the contents, then copy the old HDD data to the good HDD and then power down.
  7. elmo2006 said:
    "Ok, so to verify: I need to start the system with an Ubuntu (via usb) OS, and THEN plug in the drive? Will I be able to see and access my other, existing drives?"

    No:
    1. Connect the the laptop drive to another sata port while the desktop is powered off.
    2. Power up the desktop with the Ubuntu Live Disk and boot into Ubuntu.
    3. Once in Ubuntu, you may need to mount the laptop HDD and then once mounted see if you can *explore* the contents.
    4. If you can *explore* the contents, then copy the old HDD data to the good HDD and then power down.


    So I booted from Ubuntu, mounted the drive, but there is no option to "explore" the disk. It says the data is there, and I can open and browse through applications and installed programs, but there isn't anything from the desktop, downloads, music, etc folders, which is basically the where the bulk of the data is.

    Any thoughts now?
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    codet74 said:
    elmo2006 said:
    "Ok, so to verify: I need to start the system with an Ubuntu (via usb) OS, and THEN plug in the drive? Will I be able to see and access my other, existing drives?"

    No:
    1. Connect the the laptop drive to another sata port while the desktop is powered off.
    2. Power up the desktop with the Ubuntu Live Disk and boot into Ubuntu.
    3. Once in Ubuntu, you may need to mount the laptop HDD and then once mounted see if you can *explore* the contents.
    4. If you can *explore* the contents, then copy the old HDD data to the good HDD and then power down.


    So I booted from Ubuntu, mounted the drive, but there is no option to "explore" the disk. It says the data is there, and I can open and browse through applications and installed programs, but there isn't anything from the desktop, downloads, music, etc folders, which is basically the where the bulk of the data is.

    Any thoughts now?


    Then you will need to drill down the folder structures to locate your data. You mentioned that the folders were originally on your desktop? If so then click on the folders in this order:

    1. Double click on the old HDD
    2. Double click on Users
    3. Double click on *whatever your local profile or name*
    4. Double click on Desktop
    5. You should see the list of folders if not then they must be located under a different name.
  9. elmo2006 said:
    codet74 said:
    elmo2006 said:
    "Ok, so to verify: I need to start the system with an Ubuntu (via usb) OS, and THEN plug in the drive? Will I be able to see and access my other, existing drives?"

    No:
    1. Connect the the laptop drive to another sata port while the desktop is powered off.
    2. Power up the desktop with the Ubuntu Live Disk and boot into Ubuntu.
    3. Once in Ubuntu, you may need to mount the laptop HDD and then once mounted see if you can *explore* the contents.
    4. If you can *explore* the contents, then copy the old HDD data to the good HDD and then power down.


    So I booted from Ubuntu, mounted the drive, but there is no option to "explore" the disk. It says the data is there, and I can open and browse through applications and installed programs, but there isn't anything from the desktop, downloads, music, etc folders, which is basically the where the bulk of the data is.

    Any thoughts now?


    Then you will need to drill down the folder structures to locate your data. You mentioned that the folders were originally on your desktop? If so then click on the folders in this order:

    1. Double click on the old HDD
    2. Double click on Users
    3. Double click on *whatever your local profile or name*
    4. Double click on Desktop
    5. You should see the list of folders if not then they must be located under a different name.


    Yep it's all there, I copied it and it's all fine. Much appreciation for your logical, patient explanations. :)
  10. codet74 said:
    elmo2006 said:
    codet74 said:
    elmo2006 said:
    "Ok, so to verify: I need to start the system with an Ubuntu (via usb) OS, and THEN plug in the drive? Will I be able to see and access my other, existing drives?"

    No:
    1. Connect the the laptop drive to another sata port while the desktop is powered off.
    2. Power up the desktop with the Ubuntu Live Disk and boot into Ubuntu.
    3. Once in Ubuntu, you may need to mount the laptop HDD and then once mounted see if you can *explore* the contents.
    4. If you can *explore* the contents, then copy the old HDD data to the good HDD and then power down.


    So I booted from Ubuntu, mounted the drive, but there is no option to "explore" the disk. It says the data is there, and I can open and browse through applications and installed programs, but there isn't anything from the desktop, downloads, music, etc folders, which is basically the where the bulk of the data is.

    Any thoughts now?


    Then you will need to drill down the folder structures to locate your data. You mentioned that the folders were originally on your desktop? If so then click on the folders in this order:

    1. Double click on the old HDD
    2. Double click on Users
    3. Double click on *whatever your local profile or name*
    4. Double click on Desktop
    5. You should see the list of folders if not then they must be located under a different name.


    Yep it's all there, I copied it and it's all fine. Much appreciation for your logical, patient explanations. :)


    You are most welcomed. Glad to assist where possible.
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