I just built a computer with windows 7 and have my old hard drive with windows xp. i bought a ez connect and the computer wont recognize the hdd with xp on it. i have a vista internal hdd and i was able to connect and open it. i read the general discussions by mrface but...
my question is it possible to read the xp hdd on my win 7? i am after simple programs, pictures anything. the ez connect works and the hdd has power and is spinning. any help is appreciated. thanks, matt
Hey, to answer the question in plain. Win XP should read off Win 7 with no problem because they have the same file systen, NTFS, I personally never used an EZ connect. I jujst hooked up other hard drive as a slave.
If you built a computer then why can't you put the other XP Internal Drive as a secondary drive, then u can boot into windows 7 and recover anything you need.
BUT you cannot take programs off, those you need to re-install in Win 7 because they have to make their registry entries and all.
as jackson said just plug it in inside the pc--if its sata you dont even need to worry about master and slave settings just make sure your windows 7 drive is set to boot before the xp one
you will have to re-install programs but you can save photos,videos,music,documents and sometimes games you have been playing you can save the save game so you dont have to start from the beginning--though in windows 7 they will go in a different place than you saved them from in xp
the reason i didnt install the xp hdd in the case is because i didnt have the connections for it. i went to frys electronics without it and this is the option the computer "expert" gave me. so i went with it.
under control panel, devices and printers; i get an icon for mass storage device and under properties i get a "device is running properly". then when i go to my computer i have only my new hdd listed.
i will have to wait till i get back over and get the cables from fys. will update when i can. thanks, matt
Ah yea IDE, I see, wish I could lend you a cable, but yea, just get a cable then copy and it will be the end of that for you. SATA is much smarter and faster. well if something pops up i will try to watch this pot err I mean post.