External Drives not readable on XP after win7

February 5, 2011 at 23:43:14
Specs: Windows XP
I have a USB thumb drive and (USB) external hard drive which I have used to back up my systems with. After using these devices with my Windows 7 system, I try to read them on my windows XP system and cannot read them. The "properties" indicate the data is on the drive, but I cant see it using any method on Widows XP.

I can read the information again on the Windows 7 machine, but the data has effectively disappeared on XP.

Both systems are Dell, file system for XP is NTFS.


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#1
February 6, 2011 at 08:47:38
You may need to take ownership of the files/folders. Look at the link below to learn how.

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


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#2
February 8, 2011 at 18:37:26
Plug in the drive, boot XP, use disk management ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309000 ) to give it a drive label.

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