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Move HDD from old computer to new, doesnt show up in My Computer

By wiccaboa
Nov 23, 2007
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  1. I just bought a new Compaq computer because my old one finally died (power supply). New PC works like a charm. So, I had 2 HDDs in my old PC, one with OS, one with music, pics, movies, etc. I wanted to put the second HDD into my new PC. I did so, set it as slave and rebooted. It showed in BIOS, shows up in disk management without drive letter, but won't show up in My Computer. Also, it wont let me change or add drive letter in disk management. I just want to get my stuff off this old drive. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  2. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    In disk management, do you get any options to activate the disk?
  3. wiccaboa

    wiccaboa TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Only Delete Partition and Help.
  4. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    It may be an idea to contact Compaq and see what they say.
  5. wiccaboa

    wiccaboa TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've seen this problem on forums before, but without much luck aside from formatting and losing all the data.
  6. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    Im wondering if perhaps compaq hardware is encoded?? (just an idea)
  7. wiccaboa

    wiccaboa TS Rookie Topic Starter

    encoded? i don't know that one.
  8. Rik

    Rik Banned Posts: 4,985

    As in encoded so that you have to buy a hard drive from compaq only. As i said, i have no idea if that is the case, but it may be a possibility.
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