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  1. Posts : 55
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    external harddrive anything special to do


    I took a HHD out of an old laptop and bought a case and it is now plugged in to my laptop. I can hear the drive running and shows up as the D:drive. Is there anything special I need to do to access all of the files? There are many pictures and files I really need to get at, but, so far haven''t been able to.
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  2. Posts : 42,464
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    Likely to be a permissions issue. Can you see anything on the drive at all?

    You might find this convenient:
    Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 10
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  3. Posts : 55
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    screenshots


    Thank you for your reply. I will work on that today and check out the link. Here is what shows up when I click on the D: Drive.


    external harddrive anything special to do-capture-.png

    external harddrive anything special to do-capture-.png
    Last edited by jayhawk714; 13 May 2023 at 12:13.
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  4. Posts : 6,184
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #4

    Any HDD have a spinning disk and an arm moving very close to the surface.
    Once you connect to the laptop, don't move it. Don't even touch it.
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  5. Posts : 2,145
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
       #5

    Take a screenshot while in Disk Management and post it.

    I pulled a 250GB hard drive from an old laptop and put it into an external enclosure. I connected it to my laptop.
    Here is a screenshot in Disk Management taken on my laptop. This 250GB hard drive shows up as Disk 2 or G:.

    external harddrive anything special to do-disk-management-external-hdd.jpg
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  6. Posts : 55
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    Thread Starter
       #6

    screenshot Drive D


    Here you go, Sir!

    external harddrive anything special to do-drive-d.png
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  7. Posts : 42,464
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #7

    Can you find a folder similar to
    D:\Users\--- your user profile folder ---\Pictures
    ?
    Is that what you can't access? And if so, does 'take ownership' (see above) help?
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  8. Posts : 55
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       #8

    I went to D: and clicked on users, then Administrator. It said I did not have Permission. I fixed that and now I can access all the files on that HHD! It takes a few clicks to get there. I have to click on the Drive, then click on Users, then Jayhawk714 then Pictures.
    Thank you sooooo much. Now I can get back to burning wood!!! I never thought of doing what you said. So happy you took the time to help.


    Duane
    Last edited by jayhawk714; 14 May 2023 at 14:09.
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  9. Posts : 42,464
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  10. Posts : 6,184
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #10

    Drive 1 has system files that can cause problems as it is still a boot able drive.
    After you have copied all your files from the D: drive and if you're not planing to use it as a boot able drive, you should clean all the disk and make only one partition for data.

    To clean the drive and make only one partition for data, open a CMD window as administrator and type:

    diskpart
    list disk (it will list all drives. Identify the external drive number)
    select disk n (replace n by the external drive number obtained with list disk)
    clean
    create part primary
    select part 1
    format fs=ntfs quick
    assign
    exit (to exit diskpart)
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