How to initialize second drive without formatting it?

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  1. Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Home Single Language
       #1

    How to initialize second drive without formatting it?


    On Windows 10 Home:

    I have an old second internal HDD (D:/) from my previous desktop which contains all my personal files that I want to move on to my knew desktop. Adding a new drive was easy using disk management which you just had to format the new drive to get it initialized, but for this particular drive I want to initialize it without having to format it. The problem then is when I plug it in the new desktop it will ask me to format it which I don't want to do. Is there a way to initialize the second drive without having to format it?

    Cheers!
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  2. Posts : 494
    Win 10 Pro x64 versions
       #2

    Sounds to me like the old drives file system is not recognized by the new PC. Was the old drive used in a Linux or Apple PC?
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  3. Posts : 18,432
    Windows 11 Pro
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    Railtech said:
    Sounds to me like the old drives file system is not recognized by the new PC. Was the old drive used in a Linux or Apple PC?
    That would be the most likely cause of that error. Or the existing FAT32 or NTFS filesystem on the drive got corrupted, in which case recovery software may be able to find something on that drive.
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  4. Posts : 6,301
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #4

    When was the last time you saw the files from the HDD? Did you just take it from the old computer and attached to the new?
    Is the drive recognized on BIOS?
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  5. Posts : 31,636
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #5

    dust10 said:
    The problem then is when I plug it in the new desktop it will ask me to format it which I don't want to do....

    You said "...it will...". Does that mean you haven't actually tried yet? Are you just assuming that's what will happen?

    That's not what should happen. If the drive already has a valid partition on it then it should be recognised by the new PC as soon as you plug it in. It should have new drive letter assigned to it so you can see it in File Explorer.
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    dust10 said:
    On Windows 10 Home:

    I have an old second internal HDD (D:/) from my previous desktop which contains all my personal files that I want to move on to my knew desktop. Adding a new drive was easy using disk management which you just had to format the new drive to get it initialized, but for this particular drive I want to initialize it without having to format it. The problem then is when I plug it in the new desktop it will ask me to format it which I don't want to do. Is there a way to initialize the second drive without having to format it?

    Cheers!
    Windows says, the drive needs to be formatted.
    This means, the Bios recognised the drive, Diskmanager knows the drive,
    but Windows don't recognise the Partition and/or the Filesystem.

    In such a case "Testdisk" would be your friend.

    syntoh
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  7. Posts : 7,607
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
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    dust10 said:
    I have an old second internal HDD (D:/) from my previous desktop which contains all my personal files that I want to move on to my knew desktop.
    (1) Put the old HDD back on the old desktop. Copy everything from the HDD onto a USB device.
    (2) Put the old HDD back on the new desktop and format it. Copy everything from the USB device onto the HDD.

    Bree said:
    You said "...it will...". Does that mean you haven't actually tried yet? Are you just assuming that's what will happen?
    I think the OP means "whenever ... it will ..."
    The model verb "will" can be used to express certainty. See below:

    Modal verbs: Levels of Certainty. We can use modal verbs to show our | by PMcFB | Medium
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  8. Posts : 31,636
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #8

    Matthew Wai said:
    (The model verb "will" can be used to express certainty.
    Yes, it could. But the first post is ambiguous. We need @dust10 to make it clear whether ...

    a) they have tried the disk in the other PC and it did ask to format it

    or...

    b) they have not tried it in the PC yet, but are worried that when they do it will ask to format it.

    Only if the answer is a) do they have a problem.
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  9. Posts : 7
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       #9

    Railtech said:
    Sounds to me like the old drives file system is not recognized by the new PC. Was the old drive used in a Linux or Apple PC?
    It was the secondary drive of my old Windows 7 desktop.

    Megahertz said:
    When was the last time you saw the files from the HDD? Did you just take it from the old computer and attached to the new?
    Is the drive recognized on BIOS?
    I saw the files just the other day before giving the old desktop to a nephew. And yes, I unscrewed it from the old tower and then installed it to the new tower as an extra drive (OS boot drive is in another SSD).

    Megahertz said:
    Is the drive recognized on BIOS?
    Not sure how to check that but it did show up in disk management and says "unallocated"

    syntoh said:
    Windows says, the drive needs to be formatted.
    This means, the Bios recognised the drive, Diskmanager knows the drive,
    but Windows don't recognise the Partition and/or the Filesystem.

    In such a case "Testdisk" would be your friend.

    syntoh
    Pretty much this. When installed in the old tower the drive works, but placed in the new tower this happens.

    Matthew Wai said:
    (1) Put the old HDD back on the old desktop. Copy everything from the HDD onto a USB device.
    (2) Put the old HDD back on the new desktop and format it. Copy everything from the USB device onto the HDD.
    This is probably the only way out I guess if I can't find a way to fix this.

    Bree said:
    Yes, it could. But the first post is ambiguous. We need @dust10 to make it clear whether ...

    a) they have tried the disk in the other PC and it did ask to format it

    or...

    b) they have not tried it in the PC yet, but are worried that when they do it will ask to format it.

    Only if the answer is a) do they have a problem.
    Yup, it's A.
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  10. Posts : 31,636
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #10

    dust10 said:
    Yup, it's A.
    Thanks for clearing it up, sorry to hear that

    Mathew's suggestion of putting it back in the old PC to retrieve the data sounds the best bet.
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