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Old pc hard drive as external with formating.

Hello, I have hard drive I took out off my old pc and when I put it into the external hd enclosure and turn it on the light just blinks green/red.
I know it isn't the enclosure itself since it works with another hard drive. My question is this:
Does the fact that windows xp is on the hard drive stop me from accessing the files? I really don't want to format it since I'll lose a lot of important data.
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  1. Welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums!

    No, it should not matter that you have Win XP on this drive.

    Recently, I transferred a 750 GB hard disk which had (and still has) Win7 on it, to a different computer (Vista) as a secondary storage drive. Works fine, One of these days I will delete the Win7 from this disk.
  2. The thing is that the hard drive isn't in my new pc, it's hooked up though a usb external hard drive enclosure. I can't put the hard drive directly into my new pc too as the connecters are different. I've tried having the jumper on different settings, master on/slave off has the light blink green/red, have it on cable select does the same and not having the jumper on anything has the light stay a solid red.
  3. If it is in an enclosure and connected to a different PC, then install the correct driver.
  4. Why would I need to install drivers for the enclosure if it already works when I use a different hard drive?
  5. shadic88 said:
    Why would I need to install drivers for the enclosure if it already works when I use a different hard drive?

    The hard drive may be different.
  6. Hmm... They don't seem that different,
    the one that works without issue is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 200 gig and one that doesn't work is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500 gig.
  7. shadic88 said:
    Hmm... They don't seem that different,
    the one that works without issue is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 200 gig and one that doesn't work is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500 gig.

    Seagate had problems with some of their older revisions. The 7200.12 is fine; not so the earlier .11, .10 revs. - This could be part of the problem.
  8. Oh, is there another way to get the data off the hard drive?
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    shadic88 said:
    Oh, is there another way to get the data off the hard drive?

    Download and run "RECUVA" - http://www.piriform.com/recuva (There are other data recovery programs too - google for a list)
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  11. Thank you! Happy New Year!
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