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Bamavet

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OK here is my problem...my ex wifes computers motherboard burned out...She gave me the hard drive to get our kids pictures off of. I am running windows vista, she had a windows xp on her hard drive. I hooked hers up to mine and in drive manager in admin tools...it recognizes her drive but there is no way for me to view it. I need to be able to get the contents of the drive so that I can save their pics. Anyone care to tell me how? I know how to make disc manager add a new volume...but that would format the drive wouldnt it?
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Grondsrevenge

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Did you slave/master the two disks?
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Sometimes you need to change the jumpers on the drives to master and slave instead of cable select.
What is disk manager actually telling you?
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ok its on cable select...so I will try changing that. :-)
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On my hd...I only have jumpers for cable select, master or limit drive size. I have tried EVERYTHING to access the data on this drive thru vista but it will not allow me to. I dont understand why disk management shows the drive but will not let me do anything other than start a new simple volume...which I assume will format the drive...then I would lose what I need off it.
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A stab in the dark with this one. While in disk management, right click and see if you can change the drive letter. When 2 drives have the same letter, they conflict.
What is the drive manufacturer?
What is the model number?
Is there a jumper map on the drive?
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Disk management hasnt assigned it a letter and wont let me try to assign one. It is a seagate barracuda 7200. There is a jumper map with 3 options...Master, cable select or limit drive size.

I cant select master...Its on cable select now. And im assuming the other option wouldnt do me any good.
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See:

http://www.seagate.c...u5_family_1.gif

You might need to look for your specific drive, but it seems that slave is set by having no jumpers at all.

Which connector is it plugged into? The last one if the master and the middle one is the slave:

http://www.seagate.c...000dd04090aRCRD
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I gave up...it allowed me to set a a slave but I could not do anything with the hard drive without formatting.

Im guessing this is just one of the moronic things that vista does..If you have xp installed you must have to wipe it out for you to use it as a slave.
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Did you wipe out the drive? If not, you might try downloading Knoppix (Live Linux CD), create the CD and then boot from that and see if you can access the data.
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