hdd recognition

By Soap
Dec 2, 2003
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  1. im want to get files off a hdd which has windows 2000 pro installed on it. i installed the drive but the bios picks it up but windows does not recognise it. im guessing its due to the windows installation. how can i access these files??
  2. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,646

    a little more info would help Soap!
    Is this drive the only drive in the machine or is it installed as a slave drive ?
    From another machine?
    If it has partitions , try loading windows on another partition.
    Try a Dos boot disk and Xcopy?
  3. Hodsocks

    Hodsocks TechSpot Guru Posts: 525

    If you are putting the HDD in another machine as a slave and the machine is running Win 95/98 or ME then I suspect the Win 2000 HDD is NTFS which the others cannot recognise. If it was setup as FAT32 it should be recognised.
  4. Soap

    Soap Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 96

    sorry bout that lack of info.

    the drive is installed as slave.

    the other drive im booting from has windows xp pro installed.

    both drives are using ntfs.

    the windows 200 drive was originally in a different computer.

    the drive i believe has 2 partitions.

    i think i answered all the questions i sure hope so.

    hope that helps. i cant think of a reason why it would not be recognised.
  5. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff Newcomer, in training Posts: 8,165

    If you have Partition Magic, boot up from its program-floppy.
    Then go to disk 2. You will find that some partition there is set as "active". Rightclick that partition and select "Convert", then to "Logical". When done, reboot and you should be able to access that HD
  6. Soap

    Soap Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 96

    thanks for the help. ill scratch around and find a copy.
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