Windows 10: Trying to transfer data files from salvaged HDD Cant find AppData Solved

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  1.    30 Jun 2016 #1

    Trying to transfer data files from salvaged HDD Cant find AppData


    My 5 year old old laptop broke and I have salvaged its HDD with the folders. ( pictured below.)

    The HDD showed a recovery partition which was empty, and a Data Partition containing 7 folders
    The AppData and Contacts folders on the salvaged HDD are empty

    I am planning to transfer the data to the new W10 laptop which should be straight forward, but am confused as to to how my old laptops personal settings and preferences, contacts and bookmarks will be transferred. I thought such info was in the AppData or users files, but those files are empty.

    I do not have access to the old laptop's OS. Are the preferences, settings and email contacts lost, or am I missing something?? Thanks for your help!



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  2. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       30 Jun 2016 #2

    I'd like to see your Disk Management

    1. Download dmDskmgr-vg.zip (contains dmDskmgr-vg.mmc)

    2. Open the compressed folder, dmDskmgr-vg.zip
      Double click dmDskmgr-vg.mmc to launch it
      Press the Open button if prompted Do you want to open this file?
      Answer yes to the User Account Control prompt

    3. Press Alt+PrtScn to grab a snapshot of just the Disk Management window
      Open Paint and Ctrl+V to paste it, then save the image

    4. Attach the image to a new post


    Thanks
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  3.    30 Jun 2016 #3

    Thanks for your quick reply! Im a little confused

    The salvaged HDD was removed from the old broken laptop

    If I download and open that program on my working desktop PC the disk manager software will not be able to access the HDD from the old laptop.
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  4. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       30 Jun 2016 #4

    You pulled the HDD form the old machine.
    Is it connected to the new machine via USB?

    How did you post the image in post# 1?
    How were you planning to move the data?

    If you can access the HDD to post a screenshot - then dmDskmgr-vg.mmc will also see it.

    I'm confused !!!! We're both confused ?
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  5.    01 Jul 2016 #5

    Slartybart said: View Post
    You pulled the HDD form the old machine.
    Is it connected to the new machine via USB?

    How did you post the image in post# 1?
    How were you planning to move the data?

    If you can access the HDD to post a screenshot - then dmDskmgr-vg.mmc will also see it.

    I'm confused !!!! We're both confused ?

    The drive removed from the old laptop has been put in an enclosure for 2.5" drives.
    It was then connected to my desktop PC with a cable.
    I accessed it on 'My Computer' and took a screenshot of the data partition.
    The C partition from the old laptop had all my software programs and the Windows 7 OS on it.
    When I tried to view the contents of the C partition it only showed the below 2mb file
    "Dell Recovery Partition Warning
    This area of your hard drive contains files used for Datasafe Recovery Process
    Do not delete or alter these files. Any change to this partition could prevent any recovery later"
    The Data partition appears to include all my pics, videos, and document files

    Thanks for your help
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  6. Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       01 Jul 2016 #6

    provlima said: View Post
    The drive removed from the old laptop has been put in an enclosure for 2.5" drives.
    It was then connected to my desktop PC with a cable.
    Ok, I thought that's what you did. Good

    Now with the old drive connected to your computer, please complete post# 2
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  7.    01 Jul 2016 #7

    Slartybart said: View Post
    Ok, I thought that's what you did. Good

    Now with the old drive connected to your computer, please complete post# 2
    The disk mgt program was opened bu would only show me the four partitions on my Desktop drive
    How do I make the app show the connected HDD from my old laptop??
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  8. Posts : 3,922
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       01 Jul 2016 #8

    provlima said: View Post
    The disk mgt program was opened bu would only show me the four partitions on my Desktop drive
    How do I make the app show the connected HDD from my old laptop??
    I've done a number of data recoveries from one HDD to another and have to go to Folder Options of the drive in question to change to Show hidden files to get AppData to show up. It is a Hidden Folder until the change is made.
    On an External drive it has to be done on that drive and then navigate to x:\Users\logon name to find it.
    I never transfer from a Folder directly to the same Folder on the C: drive, always Copy to a separate Folder named UserTemp [any name works] then with the external drive disconnected move the stored data around as needed, helps prevent errors I can't recover from.
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  9.    01 Jul 2016 #9

    Berton said: View Post
    I've done a number of data recoveries from one HDD to another and have to go to Folder Options of the drive in question to change to Show hidden files to get AppData to show up. It is a Hidden Folder until the change is made.
    On an External drive it has to be done on that drive and then navigate to x:\Users\logon name to find it.
    I never transfer from a Folder directly to the same Folder on the C: drive, always Copy to a separate Folder named UserTemp [any name works] then with the external drive disconnected move the stored data around as needed, helps prevent errors I can't recover from.
    The problem as I see it is I cant access the users file as its in the Windows 7 OS and which was on the C Drive of the salvaged HDD Other than the Data Partition

    It displays
    the Recovery Partition (I) which when clicked shows only the 2mb warning message I mentioned previously.
    the Data Files partition(H)

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  10. Posts : 3,506
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       01 Jul 2016 #10

    Berton said: View Post
    I've done a number of data recoveries from one HDD to another and have to go to Folder Options of the drive in question to change to Show hidden files to get AppData to show up. It is a Hidden Folder until the change is made.
    .....
    I thought that too, except AppData shows in post 1



    I'm not sure what's available, if data is where provlima thinks it is - that's why I wanted to see the disk management
    provlima said: View Post
    The C partition from the old laptop had all my software programs and the Windows 7 OS on it.
    When I tried to view the contents of the C partition it only showed the below 2mb file

    "Dell Recovery Partition Warning
    This area of your hard drive contains files used for Datasafe Recovery Process
    Do not delete or alter these files. Any change to this partition could prevent any recovery later"

    The Data partition appears to include all my pics, videos, and document files

    But now ... disk management doesn't show the external drive

    Ok, try a different approach to disk management

    Launch Command Prompt (Admin)

    Method
    Screen Shot


    Quick Access menu

    Right click the Windows menu (logo) on the Taskbar

    Select Command Prompt (Admin)
    and yes to the UAC prompt



    Enter the following commands

    diskpart
    lis dis
    lis par
    lis vol
    exit

    Post a screen shot of the Command Prompt window
    then you can exit Command Prompt
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