Retrieving data from old Hard Drive

June 24, 2009 at 18:15:52
Specs: Windows Vista
Hello, I have read the forums and there have been posts about this but none of the solutions work for me. I had a computer whose motherboard and CPU died. I bought a new computer. I am now trying to access the data from my old computer's hard drive. I have done 2 separate things. First is getting the external Hard Drive bay and using the USB plug to attach it to my new computer and access the old hard drive. After that I tried physically installing it into my new computer. Both options resulted in my computer correctly identifying and recognizing the hard drive, but if I try to access it in any way, I am immediately prompted to format the drive in order to access it. This obviously is a problem for me, as I want to get the data off the hard drive and formatting would wipe all data thus defeating the whole purpose of me accessing the drive at all! My OS is windows vista home premium 64 bit, any help would be greatly appreciated. Also the hard drive in question is a SATA Western Digital 320GB and was the main and only hard drive on my previous computer (using windows vista home premium 32 bit), it was not a spare or anything like that.

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June 25, 2009 at 12:39:11
Did you try to access it from a command prompt? Type the drive letter followed by a colon.
For example f: press enter. If it changes to an F: prompt, list & copy the files by hand.

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June 25, 2009 at 15:08:12
Hey thanks alot for the reply. I tried your suggestion and unfortunately got the following response:

"The Volume does not contain a recognized file system. Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."

I'm fairly certain the volume is not corrupted, not too sure what drivers they are referring to though...

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