About 8 months ago, the motherboard on my desktop developed problems and failed. I pulled out the HDD, trashed the tower, and switched over to using my laptop. In the interim, my wife was diagnosed with stage-IV cancer, was in and out of the hospital, and I became her full-time caregiver. She died last month and I haven't had a chance to do anything with the old HDD until now.
Today, I finally plugged the old HDD into a Unitek USB3 to SATA converter, and plugged that into the USB port on my laptop, hoping to be able to access and transfer the files. (I had already done this successfully with a couple of other old HDDs.) Unfortunately, the drive now only reads as E: "system reserved". It's a 2TB drive (Seagate Barracuda LP), and IIRC, it has at least 500GB of my files on it, including irreplaceable photos of my wife over the past 6 years. And yet when I look at the drive's properties, it supposedly has 99MB total space with 78MB used and 21MB free.
I get that "system reserved" is a partition that is intended to hold vital boot-up code or whatever. But it's extremely frustrating that it is all that shows up. Can anyone advise me on how to get into the rest of the drive without endangering any of the files on it?
I believe that the old desktop was running Windows 7, if that matters. I've attached some photos of the menus that I see.
Thanks in advance for any help!
Edited by hamluis, 07 June 2016 - 04:35 PM.
Moved from Internal Hardware to Backup/Imaging - Hamluis.