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Having difficulty transferring data from XP hard drive to new W7 PC

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September 19, 2012 2:23:43 PM

Hi there,
I was looking unsuccessfully to find an answer on an older thread as I'm sure that this is a common problem but I couldn't find anything that fitted the bill.

Basically my old PC died, motherboard went. I had 2x SATA hard drives in it which seem to be running fine. I have extracted them, my old PC was operating on Windows XP Pro SP2 (i'm not sure if it was 32 or 64 bit but think it must have been 32) and I'm obviously very keen to transfer this data onto my new computer which is running Windows 7 64bit.

I thought it would be so easy; just connect up the old hard drives, one inside where there is room and another into a HDD shell and USB plug and play and cut and paste my data o my new HDD but no... Neither of the drives are registering in 'Computer'. So I went to 'Computer Management - storage - disk management' where, aside from the C drive I can see a ' Disk 1 - unknown- unallocated' and 'Disk 2 - online - unallocated'. Obviously I don't want to reformat and loose my data....how can I get into these HDDs?

Any help appreciated.
Cheers
a b G Storage
September 19, 2012 5:07:47 PM

There are some "no questions asked" style data recovery programs you could try, but it sounds like your motherboard may have taken the drives down with it. So you may not want to get your hopes up too high.
September 19, 2012 5:41:58 PM

OK I'll try to keep my hopes down! But thanks for the suggestion.

Now I'm definitely no expert but there does seem to be some life in the HDDs; both drives spin up and on the disk management page there is an indication of them and their data size even...

...ok so in the event that Ocam's razor is blunt and that the HDDs are not dead... can you or anyone direct me to some data retrieval programs I might try before I take a sledgehammer to my old HDDs and to my head (for not backing up on an external HD more recently)?
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a b G Storage
September 19, 2012 5:53:15 PM

contracube said:
Hi there,
I was looking unsuccessfully to find an answer on an older thread as I'm sure that this is a common problem but I couldn't find anything that fitted the bill.

Basically my old PC died, motherboard went. I had 2x SATA hard drives in it which seem to be running fine. I have extracted them, my old PC was operating on Windows XP Pro SP2 (i'm not sure if it was 32 or 64 bit but think it must have been 32) and I'm obviously very keen to transfer this data onto my new computer which is running Windows 7 64bit.

I thought it would be so easy; just connect up the old hard drives, one inside where there is room and another into a HDD shell and USB plug and play and cut and paste my data o my new HDD but no... Neither of the drives are registering in 'Computer'. So I went to 'Computer Management - storage - disk management' where, aside from the C drive I can see a ' Disk 1 - unknown- unallocated' and 'Disk 2 - online - unallocated'. Obviously I don't want to reformat and loose my data....how can I get into these HDDs?

Any help appreciated.
Cheers



I don't have any experience with 64 bit systems so I can't help wondering if your new 64 bit system doesn't like your old 32 bit files. I hope not because I just ordered a 64 bit W7 myself and expect to be in the same boat soon.
September 19, 2012 6:06:09 PM

Well that was my first thought...but they are or should both be NTFS right? I kind of hope you are right because that means my data may exist and that I just can't get as it unless there is a software fix or I go through someone else's 32bit PC but the other suggestion in this thread is that my HDDs are dead which is a more serious and worrying prospect.
a b G Storage
September 19, 2012 6:30:09 PM

ram1009 said:
I don't have any experience with 64 bit systems so I can't help wondering if your new 64 bit system doesn't like your old 32 bit files. I hope not because I just ordered a 64 bit W7 myself and expect to be in the same boat soon.


The filesystem is independent of all of this. A lot of people want to make a bigger deal out of the whole 32/64-bit issue than it really is, since it's just this side of a non-issue.
a b G Storage
September 19, 2012 6:38:37 PM

i would remove the usb caged drive to start with. only have the internal one connected abd make sure your BIOS is set to AHCI.
a b G Storage
September 19, 2012 6:41:27 PM

put jumpers on drive/to slave. you can hook them up cold and boot to BIOS and see if they are there or make windows find them.

you can boot to desktop and hotplug. windows should find them. again, i would slave the drives anyways.

somewhere along the line something has to work. if mobo in old machine went there had to be a reason for it. if it got spiked the HD's might not be any good.
a b G Storage
September 19, 2012 7:52:57 PM

swifty_morgan said:
put jumpers on drive/to slave. you can hook them up cold and boot to BIOS and see if they are there or make windows find them.

you can boot to desktop and hotplug. windows should find them. again, i would slave the drives anyways.

somewhere along the line something has to work. if mobo in old machine went there had to be a reason for it. if it got spiked the HD's might not be any good.



You can't "slave" a SATA HDD.
a b G Storage
September 19, 2012 7:57:28 PM



and while we are talking jumpers............ perhaps using a jumper to make them run at 150 instead of 300 might help.
September 20, 2012 8:51:13 AM

swifty_morgan said:
and while we are talking jumpers............ perhaps using a jumper to make them run at 150 instead of 300 might help.


Hi, I've no idea how to 'put a jumper' on an HDD, please could you explain, thanks
a b G Storage
September 20, 2012 11:16:30 AM

should be a bunch of small pins on the back of the drive. putting a jumper between 2 of those will make the transfer rate 150gb per sec vs 300 if that's what your drive is now. some boards will not recognize high transfer rate hd's or high capacity hd's.

wait 1...........



read through this. best to go to hd manufacturers site to make sure you know what you have but this should help explain some stuff.


http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7mBU.lpQXh8AF5BXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTE1MTNtdm9tBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMwRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA0FDQlkwOF8xMDU-/SIG=12q2e91kf/EXP=1348168404/**http%3a//www.ehow.com/how_5776929_change-jumper-settings-hard-dr...


a b G Storage
September 20, 2012 2:01:41 PM

If I were you I'd be looking for a working computer running XP to plug my HDDs into. If you find that works, extract your critical files to a flash drive to use on the new box.
September 20, 2012 2:14:45 PM

Try setting some of your SATA ports from AHCI to IDE and connect the XP drives to it.
Transfers should be flawless if that is the case.
September 26, 2012 9:43:44 PM

Thanks everyone for your help. Situation is now under control I think, I'll find out for sure tomorrow.

As it turns out my drives are fine but strangely they were installed in my old PC as RAID 0. I didn't guess this because they were presented to me from new as a 'C' and 'D' drive on explorer and so naturally I assumed one was a slave or redundant back-up drive. This meant when I tried them individually one inside with SATA and one outside on a USB, they appeared unallocated.

I got this info from an IT specialist who had to boot from a DVD as neither of us had a RAID shell array or PC which had space for 3x H drives.
a b G Storage
September 26, 2012 11:50:51 PM

So if I understand correctly, your old computers drives were set up in a RAID configuration and you had no idea? Sure it was Your computer...?
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