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data on wd hd in usb enclosure unreadable in xp?

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#1 milljw


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Posted 03 February 2005 - 12:04 AM


My Windows ME system died a few weeks ago, but all the files/directories on the WD 30GB hard drive were still readable in DOS using the ME rescue disk--I even copied a few small files to a floppy. In the interests of recovering my data, I purchased a Kingwin USB external enclosure so I could copy the files to my Windows XP laptop.

Oddly, though, when I installed the HD in the enclosure and hooked it to my laptop, all the files were gone! All that remained were some WD utility files that shipped with the drive when it was new. Obviously, the HD couldn't have gotten wiped, or those files wouldn't be there. So where is my data?

The WD drive is using the FAT32 file system--could this be the problem? Would the "convert" command help? According to the MS website, XP should be able to read FAT32 files.

I haven't yet reinstalled the HD in the old ME box to make sure the data is still there, but assuming it is, how can I make XP recognize it?

Thanks in advance for any help!

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#2 Grinler


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Posted 06 February 2005 - 01:44 PM

It should automatically recognize it. Xp has the ability to read fat16, fat32, and ntfs volumes so it should not be a problem. Before we go any further i think the best bet would be to see if ME can still see the data.

Also what are the file names for the items you see in the harddrive on XP? Were you using compressed folders in ME?

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