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XP sees and names added slave HD but won't show files

My Dell 8300's XP crashed. I took its Seagate st380011a HD out and installed it on my older Dell 4300 as a slave, in order to rescue my data files. I was glad on booting the 4300 to see that it noted the presence of the st380011a by name. Other checks show the drive's name, size it correctly (75GB), and confirm that it is installed as slave. But nothing I do seems to make it list my files. Depending on what I try I get error messages like "not formatted -- would you like to?" or "does not have a recognizable file system". I even tried to bring the files up via a DOS prompt (start-run-cmd .. ) but still no luck. I would greatly appreciate any ideas/suggestions. Thanks! -- Lastime

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  • alehar Jan 05, 2009

    I should have provided the OS info, mastersaintx. Sorry. But I have Windows Home Edition XP on both the 8300 and 4300 -- and also have the same fully updated fixes installed on both. Thanks for the idea, but it must be something else. -- Lastime/alehar


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What kind of Windows do you have on the 4300 most likely the reason is file systems. The XP has NTFS file system and is not readable under Windows 98 SE if that is what you have on your 4300 computer. An option that you have is to update the 4300 to an XP to read the data on the drive.

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    Thomas Lim Jan 05, 2009

    Try to reverse them see if you can boot up to the OS using the HDD from the 8300 on your 4300 if you can still boot up then that means the file system is still ok. If you cant use the 4300 HDD press F8 then go directly into command prompt then try from there


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