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External drives stripped from cases and installed as internal storage

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February 3, 2014 12:58:38 AM

I have built a custom system to serve as a media computer. I have several 3TB drives already full of media. These are originally Seagate external drive which I have removed from the factory housings to use as internal storage. I wish to keep the files already resident on these drives.

Once I installed them, windows 8.1 will only recognize them as RAW unformatted drives. I cannot see the files system already in place on any of them (5)
How do I get windows to recognize these drives and their existing files?
February 3, 2014 1:26:26 AM

Put them back and check if its still working, raw partition means the drive is broken, partition has unknown to windows 8 format (maybe a mac drive?), or has a corrupted partition file.
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February 3, 2014 2:36:02 AM

Ra_V_en said:
Put them back and check if its still working, raw partition means the drive is broken, partition has unknown to windows 8 format (maybe a mac drive?), or has a corrupted partition file.



I just don't think that is exactly it. The drives are all functional. I have heard that they can be encrypted or encoded by the MFG and so windows will not see their files system with pith the chip in the housing to decide than. I have installed other WD drives and had no issues with the OS seeing them.
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February 3, 2014 2:55:30 AM

Which leads to pointing "unrecognized partition type by the windows", if its encrypted.
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