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my external drive(enclosure) works well with XP but not with win2K..

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My portable hard drive(enclosure) is working properly under Windows XP, but when i transfered to another machine with Windows2000, the portable hard drive was recognized but 'Computer Manager' has only one way of letting me access my old partion by the "Revert to Basic Disk" option.. w/c would entail my old files being deleted ..

kindly shed some light

thnx for any untoward help :)

st_mads
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Luc Franken earned 125 total points
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Hi st_mads,

Take a look at the menu in disk manager. Check for an option named "import foreign disk"
This should give you access to the drive.

It's better to get this data off and make the disk basic instead of dynamic if you want to keep using the disk on both computers. This would make sure it gets recognized by both.

Greetings,

LucF
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hello LucF,

yup.. i was expecting that an option about
letting me import a foreign disk is available..just
like with XP.

however, in the other machine(win2K..service pack4),
such option is not available..

im not really sure about the reason..
at first it was about file system used..but
both are already using NTFS

tnx for your prompt reply,
st_mads
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by:Luc Franken
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You should not have accepted my comment as an answer when your problem isn't solved.

Your best bet will be in that case to connect the drive to some winXP system that has enough spare diskspace to backup the contents of that disk to, then convert the revert the disk to basic, afterwards, put the data back on the drive. It's not a good thing to have an external drive as dynamic disk.

LucF
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:) my apologies...


well, thanks a lot for your
suggestion.. i certainly do just that :)

regards,
st_mads
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by:Luc Franken
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Ok, good luck ;-)
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