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Vista Hard Drive Wont Open Xp Files


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#1 mar5hy

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 04:47 AM

I am trying to open a Vista Hitachi Sata drive on my xp machine, but it open the files.


Is there any drivers I need to download, or software?


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Posted 08 February 2008 - 08:01 AM

I guess I don't understand.

Your title says one thing, your post says another.

What do you mean by "open"? What files can you not access on the drive in question?

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 08:13 AM

Sorry I see your point

I have a working XP Machine, I have attached a Hitachi Sata drive to it via usb which was running Vista on before I removed it from another computer.

I am unable to open any files on this Hitachi drive?

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 09:50 AM

Any files...you cannot access data files which are not in system file folder (My Docs, My Music, Documents & Settings, etc.)?

I don't have Vista, but I've never heard of anything related to Vista which would preclude an XP system from accessing ordinary data files.

System files/folders are a different matter. Even so, they should be able to be accessed by the following procedures: How to take ownership of a file or folder in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421

All of this assumes, of course, that malware and hardware problems are not present.

And, no...there are no additional drivers involved in accessing a hard drive which has been attached to a system as a secondary drive, either via USB, by network, or by IDE/SATA motherboard connection. If you were using a 3d-party controller, yes...you would need a driver for that, but it doesn't apply here, based on what you've stated.

You do see the attached drive in My Computer?

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Posted 08 February 2008 - 10:59 AM

Yes the drive is present in My computer, but I am not able to get into it? I really just want to drag the data off it, but at this moment in time - it looks like I am going to have to run some recovery software on this drive.

I've now plugged this drive into a working XP & Vista machine but no luck.
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Posted 08 February 2008 - 11:27 AM

What error message (exact words, please)?

What window comes up when you try to access the data on drive?

Did you try the procedure for taking ownership?

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 06:28 AM

Resolved not ish - was a proble with the drive I think, so restoring the data at present, then will install a fresh copy of vista.


Thank You for your help BC! :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 February 2008 - 08:44 AM

Before you install a new copy of Vista, it might be a good idea to run a manufacturer's diagnostic on the drive (since you think there are problems).

Otherwise, you may be going through the same drill again very soon :thumbsup:.

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Posted 11 March 2008 - 08:06 PM

Hard drive turned out to be knackered
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Posted 11 March 2008 - 08:17 PM

Feedback appreciated, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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