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Hooked up my hard drive to another computer set as slave. How do i start saving my data?

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  • jimmy_hernan Jan 31, 2010

    was not in drive D but it was in my bios as slave

    i tryed hooking it up to drive D but it told me i have to format

    if i did this all data will be erased i dont want it erased just

    backed up because i am just trying to save

    what i can so i can add it to a new hard drive what would be another

    solution so i can copy its data to drive C

  • jimmy_hernan Jan 31, 2010

    its not showing on, my computer, only bios as slave why is that

  • jimmy_hernan Jan 31, 2010

    it wanted me to format any way i dont have to do that just in case it doesnt get saved in i loose everything

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Hi Jimmy,


If you are saving a back-up data to the 2nd harddrive (slave). Just copy paste it, or drag and drop it, save all the files on the 2nd hard drive. Make sure the drive is detected.

Hope this helps.

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You open my computer or windows explorer and browse the drive (it should be D:) for the files you want to save. Then copy the files to the C: drive of the system, a USB drive or burn to a CD or DVD.
During the copy process, you may need to take ownership of files
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421
If you have hidden files, then you will need to unhide them
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial62.html#winxp

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  • IQUIT Jan 31, 2010

    If you are getting prompted to format then the data is not accessible. You will more than likely need to send the drive to a data recovery service such as drivesavers.com if your system was not recognizing the drive as having data

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