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#1 sexysam777

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 19:52

hi i am using windows xp home edition i have put my hard drive from my old machine to my new machine when i started pc it finds new hardware but it does not show up on my computer.



so i went into disk management its on their as dynamic foreign disk when i click on disk there is option saying to format disk and by doing this i will lose all the data on the disk.



I dont want to lose my data how can i get this hard disk to work without losing data i have important stuff on it

iv used testdisk testdisk analyze the disk when it completes it it says

the following partions cannot be recovered

hpfs-ntfs and some numbers
hpfs-ntfs and some numbers

please can someone help me thanks




#2 +FiB3R

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 20:08

What OS were you running on your old PC?

 

I googled hpfs...

 

HPFS is only supported under Windows NT versions 3.1, 3.5, and 3.51. Windows NT 4.0 cannot access HPFS partitions

 

Could this be the issue?



#3 Som

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 20:09

you could try this software: http://www.z-a-recovery.com , works for me but not in all situations, some hard drives are just not recoverable... 

 

ignore that, i didn't read the HPFS bit....



#4 Barney T.

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 20:14

Or boot up with a Linux Live CD (such as an Ubuntu CD/DVD) and remove your valuable data to a USB flash drive......... The Ubuntu Live CD is a free download and once you burn the ISO you boot it up from the CD and it goes straight to memory, not affecting the hard drive at all. You can boot it up, use the file manager to navigate to your hard disk files and copy / paste them to your flash drive. Voila. Done (Y)

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_CD

 

http://livecdlist.com/

 

I have done this more times than I can remember and it works great!



#5 OP sexysam777

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 21:01

What OS were you running on your old PC?

 

I googled hpfs...

 

 

Could this be the issue?

 

What OS were you running on your old PC?

 

I googled hpfs...

 

 

Could this be the issue?

 

What OS were you running on your old PC?

 

I googled hpfs...

 

 

Could this be the issue?

xp pro



#6 Javik

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Posted 29 June 2013 - 21:02

You often get a drive partition labelled as HPFS/NTFS, but it's nothing to worry about, unless your OS was REALLY old the drive won't be HPFS, it's just the way some software denotes NTFS. When you transfer a hard drive from an old PC to a new PC Windows has to reconfigure itself for the new PC and this wasn't something that XP handled all that well, sometimes it will not re-configure itself correctly and in that case your only option will be a fresh install. Back up your data using a live Linux CD as Barney suggested then format all of your disks and reinstall Windows, for the most stable operation you'll always want a clean install when you migrate to a new PC.