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Can you use a second hard drive without formatting it?


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02rja

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i have recently reinstalled windows and i have kept my second hard drive intact.

I cannot access this drive although it appears on the device manager and when i am booting up my computer. i know that it is installed and all of the data on it should be intact.

All i want is to be able to access this drive without repartitionaing/formatting it. can it be that hard? If it can be that hard is there ANY other way of getting my data off it.

this is turning out to be a very bad day...

i appreciate all of your help

oh and please dont take the contemplating suicide statement literally..
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I tried the method on this website and saved a lot of data off a borked drive for a friend. Afterwards we just repartitioned and formatted the drive with utilities from the drive makers website( WD diagonistic utilities).

http://www.shockfami...cedric/knoppix/

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Thanks so much! sorry its taken me years to reply, but it looks like im having the same problem again...
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It may be a permissions problem. You probably need to claim ownership of the files on the drive. You need to go to Administrative Tasks to do that. One thing you should do before you make any changes is to scan it for viruses. You may have to gain ownership before you can do that.
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