1.    3 Weeks Ago #1
    Join Date : Oct 2017
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    Taken Hard drive out via SATA cable to a Dell with Vista. Getting erro


    Hi gang..

    I keep running into a problem every step I take in trying to get files off of my hard drive and transferred to another computer so that I can clean install Win 10 on my Toshiba Satellite.

    I took the hard drive out, mated it to a SATA cable and tried to hook in via the USB port on my Chrome book. Turns out, Chrome book is incompatable. So, I hook it up to a Dell Inspiron 1501 running VIsta. I get "Z:\ refers to a location that is unavailable...blah blah blah."

    I've been beating my head against the wall EVERY turn I take trying to get this damn thing all sorted out. Any advice?
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  2.    3 Weeks Ago #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
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    Connect it to a computer running Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10. Better USB drivers and NTFS support.
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  3.    3 Weeks Ago #3
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    What files and how many? Why not just move the data you want to save to a USB drive (32 or 64 GB).
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  4.    3 Weeks Ago #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Plankton View Post
    What files and how many? Why not just move the data you want to save to a USB drive (32 or 64 GB).
    Theres a lot of files, and I'm not able to access Win 10 from the laptop. An auto update screwed it all up by deleting the drivers and now I'm TOTALLY lost as to what to do. I figured by downloading the files to another laptop and then re-installing Win 10 clean, I can start anew on the Toshiba, but so far I've had to fight every single step of the way. Every recovery, reset, image re-start - you name it. FAILS
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  5.    3 Weeks Ago #5
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    If I wasn't writing a book with those files, I could care less if I had to erase the whole drive, but I can't. I need those files. (Lesson learned, back up your PC!!!)
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  6.    3 Weeks Ago #6
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Buy an SSD for the laptop, do a clean install of Windows 10 to it. Then connect your old hard drive to that via USB.
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  7.    3 Weeks Ago #7
    Join Date : Jun 2014
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurdatz View Post
    Theres a lot of files, and I'm not able to access Win 10 from the laptop. An auto update screwed it all up by deleting the drivers and now I'm TOTALLY lost as to what to do. I figured by downloading the files to another laptop and then re-installing Win 10 clean, I can start anew on the Toshiba, but so far I've had to fight every single step of the way. Every recovery, reset, image re-start - you name it. FAILS
    If it's within your budget you can buy a new drive to install Windows 10 on. I would suggest going with a SSD. Then you can transfer your files from the old drive. After transferring the files the old drive can be used as a backup drive.
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