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Windows 7 thinks my old hard drive is unformatted


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#1 GodfatherTulane

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 10:17 PM

My old laptop died due to a power supply failure. It was so old, and new laptops are so cheap, I decided to just replace it.

I put my old hard drive in a USB enclosure and hooked it up to the new laptop. Unfortunately Windows 7 keeps saying I need to format the drive before using it.

I did manage to trick Windows 7 once, by plugging in only one of the two USB connections, and I was able to browse through and see all the data, so I know it's intact. But when I tried to change ownership of the old files, Computer Manager froze (which I've noticed it has a very annoying tendency to do). Task Manager wouldn't even come up. I had to shut down the computer. When I turned it back on, the same old problem came back.

How do I get Windows to stop asking me to format every 5 seconds and let me see the files?

Thanks in advance.

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#2 noknojon

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 12:00 AM

My old laptop died due to a power supply failure. It was so old, and new laptops are so cheap, I decided to just replace it.

Your new laptop should be formatted and have Windows7 installed already - You just click and go (usually) -
Why do you now want to hook a bad Hard Drive to a new computer ? Sorry but you did not explain this part -

If I have mis-read your post, please correct me, or describe your reasoning behind your actions -

Thank You -

#3 GodfatherTulane

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 07:17 AM

Sorry--wasn't clear, it was late and I'd been at it a while. The old computer died because of the power supply, not anything with the hard drive, so I bought a new computer.

I'm trying to use the enclosure to copy some of the files (photos, videos, etc.) from the old drive to the new computer.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:30 AM

Your PSU could have damaged your hard drive...did you run the appropriate diagnostic on it to check proper functionality?

If the drive itself is not damaged, the file system certainly could be. The fact that you get messages indicating that the drive is not formatted...is a bad sign.

Louis

Edited by hamluis, 02 June 2012 - 11:32 AM.


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Posted 03 June 2012 - 09:34 AM

Thanks. I think that might be the case. I think I'll just find someone to see what they can salvage for me.

The good news is about 99% of what I wanted was backed up somewhere (hardcopy, Adrive, Shutterfly, etc.) or can easily be recreated. I'll go ahead and use it as an external drive in the future, but I want to make sure I have everything before I reformat.




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