Transferring Data From Old To New

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by MrSteve, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. MrSteve

    MrSteve New Member

    Jun 30, 2012
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    I have an externally connected (by way of USB) samsung hard drive from my dead HP Slimline Vista connected to my newer HP Slimline Windows 7. The old drive powers and runs and the new computer recognizes it in printers and devices but I can't open it to access files etc. I know the old drive was formatted with Vista and 7 can't read the old drive. But it's my understanding that there are drivers that should be able to open and allow me to read and transfer from the old to the new. I can't install the old hard drive in the new computer because there are no extra connections or slots to mount it.

    Thanks Everyone,

  2. patcooke

    patcooke Microsoft MVP
    Staff Member Premium Supporter Microsoft MVP

    May 16, 2010
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    This is not the case - there is no reason why a drive formatted under Vista would not read in a Windows 7 system - they use the same file system. Can you see the drive via the control panel here:

    Control Panel, administrative tools, computer management, storage, disk management.

    If it shows there but doesn't have a drive letter right click on it and assign a free drive letter to it.

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