Hello. Last month, my 10yo plus Dell desktop computer finally died. I turned it off one night and it wouldn’t start the next morning. Discussions with Dell and attempts to restart it were unsuccessful, and it was suggested the problem was either the motherboard or the power supply. So I bought a new computer.
The new computer is a HP Pavilion Slimline 400 tower, running Windows 8.1. The OS on my old computer was Windows XP (I kept using XP even after Microsift stopped supporting it). I have many files on the old hard drive (called HD1 herein) that I would like to have. I wasn’t that concerned because I have a VoMagic Hard Drive Enclosure (purchased several years ago when I upgraded my hard drive so I could use my oldest hard drive (which I will call HD2) as an external drive). I figured I would just put HD1 into the VoMagic enclosure, plug it into a USB port and get the files I need.
This did not work. I got the following error messages. First: “You need to format the disk in drive D before you can use it.” Second: “D:\ is not accessible. The volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all the required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted”. I did not format the hard drive.
I then tried the real old hard drive (HD2) in the VoMagic Enclosure to see if the problem was perhaps the compatibility of the enclosure with the new computer. It worked fine. Took the enclosure with HD1 to my local library so I could try it on one of their public computers, which run Windows 7. Got the same error messages.
So I am stumped. Did the hard drive get corrupted when it old computer died? Is the problem the fact that the hard drive was runing XP? (If so, I could probably get them as I still have the installlation disk for XP). Is there some other problem? And most importantly, how can I get the files that were on that hard drive?
Thanks in advance for any and all help. Andy