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I Transferred a hd into this pc from another pc. This hd is ntfs format.The second hd in this pc is the fat format. In explorer it shows the second hd as the d drive. When i click on it it says this hd is not formatted,which it is. I could access it before swapping hd's Why does it ask to format it when it has files on it and does work?

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  • bbpar117 Jul 14, 2009

    Opps, sorry for the confusion. the present pc (A), which is a generic model, has win xp pro and two hd's. The hd in it is from another pc (B)which also has 2 hd's. It is also win xp pro. I took the hd from the(B) pc because the cpu fans where not cooling right and it shut down. It has a AMD cpu. This pc (B) has a Pentium cpu. So,before the swap I could access the second hd in this pc (A). Now, I can see the hd listed in explore but when I click on it a window comes up and says it is not formatted and would I like to format it now. Of course I do not because it has data on it.
    So, why does it want to format the second hd and why can it not be read? This hd is the ntfs format and the second is the fat format. The reason for this is the way they were setup. Both came from two different people. Any ideas?

  • Dave Ferrell May 11, 2010

    What model computer? What kind/size are the drives? Are they both Windows partitioned? How old is hte drive? This one has a solution, but it needs more information.

  • Hank May 11, 2010

    Hi, More information is needed. What operating system is on your pc and which drive is it on? Windows 95 or 98 can't access ntfs format. Xp likes to have both ntfs or both fat. You can not have two operating systems on two different hard drives without dual booting software.

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First of all, I hope the harddisk which has the operating system on it, and which the system is booting from is NTFS formatted. Try and crosscheck this first. Then after doing this, try and assign a new drive letter to the harddrive that is showing error from the Systems Management Page.
This is how you do that : Right-Click on My Computer Icon, Go to Manage, Click on Disk Management, Then when you get to this place, You should see ALL the HardDrives installed on your system including the one singing for "format me"...lol.
Then locate and right-click on the harddrive, and select "Change Drive letter and Paths", and select any new, unique letter for your HDDrive. then click on OK.
Hope this helps.
Goodluck.

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