Move internal NTFS IDE drive to external USB
Posted on 2005-02-25
I have a standard IDE HD that is currently the D: drive on a Windows XP SP2 box, and I want to take it out of that box and attach it to another computer via a USB cable. I have a proper enclosure, but every time I try to hook it up to a computer, I've tried XP and 2003, it reports an error with the USB device. I know the hard drive is fine, and I know the hard drive is compatible with the USB enclosure I have because I have an identical drive in an identical USB enclosure. I also tried swapping the enclosures with no change in results. I'm guessing the problem is that it is currently signatured as an internal drive and that it isn't being recognized as a USB storage device because of the NT signature.
I want to move it with the data intact (none is compressed or encrypted) and both machines are part of the same NT domain of which I am an enterprise admin so permissions won't be an issue. Removing the partitions and reformatting would surely solve the problem, but I need to keep the data intact.