How to access a laptop drive via usb enclosure without formatting
Posted on 2013-06-11
Hope someone can help me here. I've got a Sata drive that used to be my laptop's main drive with Vista on it. My laptop got a bigger drive and now runs Win 7.
I've recently got a USB Sata drive enclosure and have plugged it in to see if I can access the old files. The drive comes up in My Computer, but if I try to open the main partition I get the message that it needs formatting.
In Computer Management the drive shows as three partitions: a recovery partition; a 100MB NTFS System Reserved Partition; and then a 229GB RAW, Healthy (Primary Partition). Of course this last one is the one I can't access and need to! I don't know why it would show as RAW rather than NTFS as it was previously working fine and I imagine was formatted as either NTFS or FAT32.
Any ideas how I can access the drive without formatting, or at least keeping files intact?
My only restriction is that I don't want to be shelling out on expensive recovery programmes if I might as well take it to a shop to do this.