Windows 10: Access data files from bootable drive in external enclosure

Discus and support Access data files from bootable drive in external enclosure in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; How do I access Word documents on a bootable drive in an external drive enclosure? I'm using both win7 and win10. Jim 125589 Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Jim8080, Jan 19, 2019.

  1. Jim8080 Win User

    Access data files from bootable drive in external enclosure


    How do I access Word documents on a bootable drive in an external drive enclosure? I'm using both win7 and win10.
    Jim

    :)
     
    Jim8080, Jan 19, 2019
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  2. DaveM121 Win User

    Hard Drive Enclosure

    Hi Comeback, you should be able to access those files if you put that hard drive into an external enclosure . . .

    When you connect that drive, does Windows actually see the drive - can you see it in File Explorer?

    Open Disc Management (accessible by right clicking your Start Button

    Do you see that drive listed there?
     
    DaveM121, Jan 19, 2019
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  3. Jim6502 Win User
    Cannot Access files on a bootable external hard drive win10

    I have two bootable hard drives, both running win10, and would like to transfer documents from one to the other.

    The second drive is in an external hard drive enclosure. I cannot see the second drive in File Explorer or other file managers, but it is seen using EraseUs Partition Manager, or Open Devices and Printers in the system Tray where I can eject drives. Is
    there an approach where I can see both drives?

    Jim
     
    Jim6502, Jan 19, 2019
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  4. Access data files from bootable drive in external enclosure

    External detected but can't access

    This is usually a good troubleshooting option for retrieving data from external drives that are out of warranty.
    However, My Passport series are external drives incorporating a hardware encryption. Getting the drive out of the enclosure will make it impossible to access or use! That's why the best thing you can do is to try resolving the issue with the drive in the enclosure. Only if nothing works, the next best thing to do is contact a data recovery company or directly our tech support for further instructions.
    Otherwise, it is true! External drives without a hardware encryption can be easily accessed without the enclosure, just by using a SATA cable as @Aquinus suggested.
    Unfortunately, in your case this is not a good option, especially because it will void your warranty. Sorry. *Frown Access data files from bootable drive in external enclosure :(
     
    SuperSoph_WD, Jan 19, 2019
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