Hello everyone, I'm not entirely sure if this question really qualifies as Internal or External:
I have removed the hard drive out of my old laptop computer (A Dell Inspiron n7110) and have it connected to my new laptop (HP EliteBook 8770w) via SATA cable. I have everything hooked up correctly and when I tried to open the drive from my EliteBook, I receive a message telling me that the old hard drive has to be formatted in order to access it.This caused me to hesitate since my understanding of the word "format" means to erase all of the data on the drive and I would not like to risk losing the files entirely.
Clicking Cancel brings up this error message:
"The volume does not contain a recognized file system.
Please make sure that all required system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."
I have scanned the drive using Malwarebytes and again using Essentials, both scans came up clean.
Any suggestions on what I should do from here? Thank you all in advance for your help.