how do i copy old drive

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April 25, 2010 at 05:12:40
Specs: Windows 7
I have a windows 7 computer brand new and I had a windows vista system that I want to take the old harddrive and recover pictures and music.
I already took the harddrive and it sees the files but i cannot find the pictues and music folders. to transfer to the new computer already set up for windows 7 . I tried to look for *.jpg files on the search bar and nothing also tried music still nothing any help will be greatly appreciated . are the files in a special place?
thanks

Ralph


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#1
April 25, 2010 at 06:27:39
I assume you mean that you already put the old drive into the windows 7 machine as a second drive. You should be able to find these files on this drive, usually go to Computer (previously 'My Computer') and find the drive (probably D or F) and open it. Look for Documents or My Documents and within that you should see a Music and a Pictures folders. If they are there, look to make sure everything you are looking for is there. If it is, go back and copy the entire folder (Documents) and paste it on your Desktop. Open it and proceed to copy your files to the appropriate place on your new computer (or rename 'Old Documents' and place entire folder within the new 'Documents' folder on 'C' drive)
If you cannot find the folder and the old computer was still working, put the drive back in the old computer, find the files and place them in a folder directly in the drive (My Computer>'C' drive, Right click, New>folder - add name 'old documents').

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
April 25, 2010 at 06:34:13
When you searched for the files, it had not 'indexed' the added drive yet so it did not know there were any files on it to search. I'm not sure if there is an easy way for you to just tell the computer to 'index this drive', but there probably is.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
April 25, 2010 at 23:19:02
Go to Start -> Computer -> Manage -> Storage -> Disk Management. There you will find “WD Ext HDD”, go ahead and format it to NTFS. After this, you will see it as one of the available partitions and can easily copy files.

Kristain Hayes


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#4
April 26, 2010 at 09:51:02
If you format the drive that has files on it, you will loose those files. Save your files first then format to use as a storage drive or as a back up drive, DO NOT format until you have resaved all of the files you need to the other drive.

As long as the drive shows under 'computer' (formerly my computer),you should have no trouble accessing and saving files. If you do, let us know.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#5
April 26, 2010 at 10:34:21
on the old drive open/users/your name/my documents, you may have to open with admin rights, but if your files are there there should be no reason why you cannot copy them to your new drive, and then you can format the old drive, BUT ..DO NOT format 1st as in response 3, or you will be a little upset and all files will be lost and need to be recovered if you can which takes a long long time..

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but cant help myself....


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#6
April 28, 2010 at 10:00:25
I simply cannot believe response 3.

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#7
April 28, 2010 at 19:50:54
Must have been reading the wrong post, or standing on head while reading it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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