Using Old hard drives as "new" external ones

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Erich, Oct 14, 2007.

  1. Erich

    Erich Guest

    My old XP Pro hard drive worked just fine when I purchased my new PC and
    installed Vista Home Premium on it. The old tower was properly disposed of
    (recycled) and I bought an inexpensive I/O Magic external hard drive case to
    use the XP drive as a backup but in order for Vista to "use" that old drive
    it wants to format the thing (i.e. ERASE EVERYTHING). I've got some
    incredibly important documents and things on the old drive and don't want to
    lose a bit of it, but I can't even plug it into the new system's mother
    board. Is there anyway to get around Vista's formatting requirement to
    access the files on the old drive?
    Erich, Oct 14, 2007
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    Malke Guest

    When you put the drive into the external enclosure, did you remember to
    set it as Master? It might have been set to Cable Select before so make

    If the drive is properly jumpered in the case and Vista is still not
    seeing the files, then try connecting the drive either directly to an
    IDE connector in your new computer temporarily or take it in its
    enclosure and connect it to another computer. If the files are seen
    then, copy them to the hard drive of your new machine or burn them to

    Malke, Oct 15, 2007
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  3. Erich

    Choogster Guest


    since when does a hard drive running externally via USB need to be set
    as a master :D
    Choogster, Oct 15, 2007
  4. Erich

    Malke Guest

    Since that's required by most external hard drive enclosures. There are
    a few that have a different jumper setting (refer to the manual) but all
    of mine state that the drive in the external hard drive enclosure must
    be set to Master. Hope that clarifies this for you. Obviously this would
    not be applicable to a drive enclosure designed for SATA.

    Malke, Oct 15, 2007
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    cvp Guest

    That's a normal requirement of every external USB case I've ever seen
    cvp, Oct 15, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    The instructions for all eight (three different manufacturers) of my external
    USB IDE drive enclosures say the drive MUST be jumpered as master.

    I Bleed Blue and Gold
    Cal Bear '66, Oct 15, 2007
  7. Erich

    Erich Guest

    I've jumpered it to every setting possible and still no dice. Perhaps I got
    a defective external drive case??
    Erich, Oct 16, 2007
  8. Erich

    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Can you try a different USB port, or can you test it on another machine (your
    problem might be with the USB port or even the cable)?

    I Bleed Blue and Gold
    Cal Bear '66, Oct 16, 2007
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