How do I see files on external HDD?

February 17, 2011 at 08:47:21
Specs: Windows 2000/xp
How do I see files on a Western Digital external HDD? I have a WD500f032 and I replaced the existing HDD with one from laptop with possible corrupted file. Desktop can see HDD but can not access files. When I run malware software it seem to check it with file names flashing by.

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#1
February 17, 2011 at 09:03:46
Ok, ah...huh? Poorly written post here, you're not describing your situation accurately enough. Does this entail 3 hard drives, 2 computers and 2 Operating Systems (2000/XP)....?

That WD Model number doesn't appear to be accurate either as it doesn't come up on Google or WD's site.

Just another stupid saying...


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#2
February 17, 2011 at 09:14:51
Use http://www.piriform.com/recuva to see if can copy the files, if successful to get the files then undertake a full format of the drive...

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#3
February 17, 2011 at 09:44:09
Does the external drive show up in Windows Disk Management? If so, all you may need to do is to take ownership of the files/ folders. To learn how, look at the link below.

If Disk management shows the file format as being RAW or unknown type you may be able to repair the partition by using a program called testdisk. Get testdisk at the second link below. Be sure to read all the help files before using it.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...

BTW, there is no Win2000/XP version. Which is it you have?


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#4
February 17, 2011 at 10:16:17
PC Geek

WD5000f032 is correct enclosure. Drive 1 is from corrupted laptop that is now in WD500f032 enclosure, drive 2 is HDD taken from WD500f032 (which is moot) and there is no drive 3.


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#5
February 17, 2011 at 11:30:07
Just wondering, your enclosure takes both 2.5" and 3.5 " hard drives? SATA AND IDE?

Enclosure is a My Book WD USB type?

Do you have model numbers of the actual hard drives themselves, and NOT the enclosure?

Drive 1 Operating System was?

Drive 2 sounds like this may have been the original hard drive from the WD enclosure?

Just another stupid saying...


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