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December 21, 2011 2:19:32 AM

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.
a c 98 G Storage
December 21, 2011 3:20:18 AM

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.
December 21, 2011 6:59:30 PM

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.
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a c 98 G Storage
December 22, 2011 12:51:48 AM

If it is in an enclosure and connected to a different PC, then install the correct driver.
December 22, 2011 2:52:58 AM

Why would I need to install drivers for the enclosure if it already works when I use a different hard drive?
a c 98 G Storage
December 22, 2011 12:55:42 PM

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.
December 23, 2011 3:32:38 AM

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.
a c 98 G Storage
December 23, 2011 10:18:09 AM

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.
December 24, 2011 12:35:06 AM

Oh, is there another way to get the data off the hard drive?

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a c 98 G Storage
December 24, 2011 2:03:23 PM
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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)
December 31, 2011 10:19:46 PM

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a c 98 G Storage
December 31, 2011 10:54:04 PM

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