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Harddrive visible in disk management but not explorer


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bobfat

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Hi

I have recently suffered the breakdown of a laptop and planned to rescue the harddrive so I can ensure all the data is backed up.

I have removed the 2.5" drive from the laptop and connected via an adapter to my desktop pc.

When I booted it up windows detects the new harddrive and installs it correctly but I can not view it through windows explorer.

I have gone through disk management to assign a drive letter but although disk management can see the disk and that part is in use it will only allow me to create a new partition.

Does anyone know how I can get windows to view this drive or of any software which will allow me to review the contents. Most of the information is backed up so I do not want to pay a fortune for recovery software as it is not worthwhile.

TIA

Rob
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can you get us a screenshot of disk managment?
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Hi

Screen dump below, thanks for your help

The item labelled as disk 2 is the problem and as you can see when I right click on it to assign a drive letter the only option I have is to partion

Rob

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that's weird....it's as if it's not recognized as being formatted...but it's obviously formatted...not sure why though

you could try using a linux liveCD (there are multitudes of live linux versions that you can burn to and run off of cd) or if you've got a valid XP disk you could try the Ultimate Boot Disk for windows which will give you a bootable version of XP
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