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Old 01-02-2012, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default Old HDD

I am trying to get information off of an old HDD that was in a broken computer of mine. I took the HDD out of the comp and bought a Filemate case, but now I'm not sure how to access the drive. Plugged it into the USB and it reads it, but says I have to format it to use it. Is there a virtual machine program I can use to log into the drive? or some other solution? Here are the specifics:

Old HDD has Windows XP OS on it in a Filemate case. All connections work.

New computer being used to access old HDD has Windows 7 Pro.

Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 01-02-2012, 07:19 PM   #2
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It sounds like the old hard drive either got reformatted already or is corrupted. In the first case you could try a recovery tool like Recuva (Windows) or foremost (Linux). For a corrupted drive you might want to look at SpinRite to help with drive access.

Personally I'd try Recuva first. It's simple to use and works pretty good.

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There's also a Mini Linux OS on the Hirens Boot CD which can be used to mount and then read from hard drives in this state, and I've had a lot of luck with it. Download Hiren
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