new computer... need to transfer files from old corrupted harddrive
Posted on 2006-06-24
I just bought a brand new Compaq Presario computer running Windows XP media center. My old computer was continually crashing so it was time for a change. In the old computer I had a 2nd 40 GB drive that had most of the programs, music and pictures on it... but did not run the operating system. I pulled that harddrive and put it in an external case with a USB connection.... and hooked it to the new computer.
It reads the drive just fine... but the files on it are reading as corrupted or missing. The files ran just fine on the old computer (which ran regular XP). I really don't care about any of the programs.... I really just want to salvage the pictures, some documents... and the music if possible. Everything appears to be reading as corrupted.
The original computer crashed for the very last time.. as I tried to reinstall SP2 on it...after fixing some problems. That was being installed on the smaller operating system drive... so not sure how it could have corrupted the other drive.
--- the drive is FAT32
--- tried the check now but it said windows was unable to do it (is there a better way to run chkdsk on an external drive)
Thanks for any help