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Hello All:

I have a question about a Hard Drive in a system that went bad....this is the "C" drive. It has no problems on it, something else went and therefore I am going to buy a system tomorrow...

Here is my question....The new system is an all-in-one bundle that I am picking up and already has a hard drive in it, and it is the "C" for that computer with win7 on it. My original "C" which is in the bad computer has winxp on it, and all of my important things I need to get off it.

How do I go about getting into the old "C" using the new computer to get to my files and getting them onto the new system without screwing up the new system and having 2 "C" drives in it?

Is it as easy as putting the old "C" drive into the new tower and then changing the drive letter within DISK MANAGEMENT and then have access to my files.....or will this cause major problems?

Thanks in advance:
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I have a linksys EFG80 NAS I could plug the drive into....would that work? I am assuming that once I got the drive out of that system, the "C" would not be an issue anymore and I would have access to all the folders and files on that drive....correct?
 

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That should work, the drive letter won't make a difference. Though you won't be able to move the installed prograqms from the drive to the new computer, they are going to have be installed on that computer.
 

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Data files, Pictures Music Videos, Stand alone executable programs. all would be accessable.
 

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I got the above unit from NEWEGG as advised, however my comp is not seeing the drive...I have it set to CABLE SELECT and also tried as a slave and still nothing is showing up in the DISK MANAGEMENT section....

Any ideas???
 

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OK, when you use an external enclosure the drive generally needs to be set as master [if using ide] however do follow the enclosure maker's recommendation if different.

Next are you even sure this drive works?
 

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I have the drive set as MASTER and I was on a comp using Win7, I am now trying on a WinXP machine...the WinXP does not see the drive as well...

yes, the drive works...
 

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If you are sure the drive works, then connect it to the xp machine as an internal drive. This will tell you very quickly if the drive in fact works or perhaps you received a bad enclosure. Note you do not have to fully install the drive in the xp machine. Just connect the ide and pw connectors; rest the drive on something non-conductive ie a book or whatever. Pw ON and see if it is detected.
 

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OK, prob is on the new machine, it does not have an IDE connector...only sata...this is one of those all in one HP units from Walmart...

Also if I connect it to my WinXP machine, that drive I am trying to get into was a "C" drive on the old machine and if I try connecting that to my XP machine, won't there be a conflict due to the system seeing 2 "C" drives?
 

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No. Connect the drive [be sure jumper is set correctly] Now pw ON and enter the bios make sure the correct system drive is listed as the boot drive. The os will assign the next available drive letter to the drive you added ie F, G, or whatever.

Doing a repair install or messing with chkdsk without having important data backed up is really asking for problems. If there is anything important on this drive, make sure you copy if before doing any type of install, repair, etc.
 

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This drive was in another computer that took a dive...so there are many files on there that I need to get off there and put onto the HP comp I just got...

What do I set the jumper on this OLD "C" before putting it into the XP machine?

I will enter the bios and make sure that the current "C" in the XP is listed as the first BOOT DEVICE before booting the machine into windows...
 

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What do I set the jumper on this OLD "C" before putting it into the XP machine?
You need to set for however you have it connected ie if you connect the drive as master on ide2, then set it as master. If you connect is as a slave, then set it as such. Note the position on the cable determines master/slave. The cable is color coded; blue, black, and gray. Blue to mb, black to master device, and gray to slave.

If it does not work when connected as an internal drive, then it has failed.
 

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One last thing [almost forgot since ide is not really used much anymore] If the master drive is a WD, they have two master settings. One for master single device and another for master multiple drives. You would need to move the jumper to master multiple drive IF and only if the master is a WD drive.
 
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