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    old HDD in new comp - cant see files?

    well iv got my new comp up and running, just put the hard drive out of my old one in to copy stuff over. However the drive is showing as unformatted. and computer management/disk management is only showing me the space that was free when i removed it from other comp.

    now i know iv had to do something like this before. but no idea how i did it. help plz?
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    You may need to reactivate the dynamic volume on the disc if it's showing as 'failed'.

    From windows help:
    "To reactivate a dynamic volume
    Open Computer Management (Local).
    In the console tree, click Disk Management.

    Right-click the dynamic volume with Failed status, and then click Reactivate Volume.
    The volume should return to Healthy status.

    Note

    To open Computer Management, click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management."

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    nope thats not whats happening at all.. the space i had free when it was in my other computer is all i can see. Its a 120GB drive showing as a 31.5GB drive, it says its heathy and active but it has no format.
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    Bump!
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    Try a data recovery tool - i use something which i cant remember the name of. (ill think about what it is lol)
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    i had a mess with one last night. found a lot of stuff but im sure theres a much easier way... any descent free proggy to redo the drives partition table?
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    I assume there's stuff on the disk that you don't want to lose. Better to be safe than sorry and put the HD back in your old system then archive the stuff you want to keep onto a DVD or something.

    Here's a page that lists a lot of free/trial disk utilities, including data recovery tools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charleski
    put the HD back in your old system
    cant do that unfortunately.. iv got testdisk wirring along tho off that link, think its just what im looking for cheers!

    YESSS. that did the job. things seem to be in slightly odd places (moved from program files to root etc) but who cares! thanks a lot
    Last edited by MadduckUK; 17-08-2006 at 06:48 PM.
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    Watch out the type of tools you are using, there could well be a limited internal damage on the platters of the drive, and with presistant attempts to boot, the head could easily be damaged now.
    Last edited by UniRecovery; 09-09-2006 at 02:32 PM.
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    bit late to the party eh? sorted this ages ago

    - also, there was/is no physical damage to the drive.
    Quote Originally Posted by Ephesians
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