Retrieve files from USB connected hard drive

August 13, 2011 at 04:47:10
Specs: Windows 7
My new computer runs Win 7 and I used a USB connected enclosure with a hard drive that ran XP OS. The motherboard crashed on my older desktop and I have a new desktop and would like any Office, Excel, Word files and a few pics from that drive. It hooked up fine but I can't seem to find many of those files. I understand that I could transfer all of the data to my new drive, for i have tons of space, but it is looking for trouble to enter an older OS onto the new computer.

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August 13, 2011 at 06:29:16
"It hooked up fine but I can't seem to find many of those files"

In other words, there is no hardware problem, you just can't find the files? Not much we can do to help with that. And how is transferring the contents to the new drive going to help you to find those files?

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August 13, 2011 at 13:40:37
There is a triangular yellow symbol next to each folder with an exclamation point in it when accessing the now USB drive. I believe that my Win 7 machine does not want to communicate with the older system other than acknowledging its existence. I had wondered if running XP as a secondary OS might have allowed the transfer of those files to the new machine, whereas, Win 7 would not. I have read that I would have to have the older XP on the new computer and then add Win 7 and not viceversa. Thanks for the reply.

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August 13, 2011 at 16:11:21
Sorry mickliq! I lied! There is no triangle nor exclamation point. What I have found out is, now that I have time to play with it, the old drive is not allowing permission for the Win 7 machine to access the files. Because, even though the old hard drive is separated from the motherboard, it still contains a fully functioning XP operating system and its protection. The drive takes my try at reaching it as an external threat and protects itself. Good but bad!
So the new question is... how do I get that drive to see that I am not an intruder and that I am the administrator of that machine also?

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