Windows 10: cant access file on an old hard drive how can i fix it?

Discus and support cant access file on an old hard drive how can i fix it? in Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware to solve the problem; I have an old hard drive and plugged it into my pc recently when plugged in my pc shows it is plugged in,in control panel i cannot fin it in disk... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Drivers and Hardware' started by Pl1120, May 21, 2019.

  1. Pl1120 Win User

    cant access file on an old hard drive how can i fix it?


    I have an old hard drive and plugged it into my pc recently when plugged in my pc shows it is plugged in,in control panel i cannot fin it in disk management and when clicking access files through the control panel nothing happenscant access file on an old hard drive how can i fix it? [​IMG]

    :)
     
    Pl1120, May 21, 2019
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  2. Amit_Sun Win User

    Error: "Scan the drive now and fix it", Linux named folder with special characters are not accessable in Windows 10 using external hard drive

    Hi,



    Thank you for writing to Microsoft Community Forums.



    May I know the file partition format type of your external drive?



    As Linux and Windows they work on different file system, when the files are migrated from Linux base system to Windows OS, most of the files that are not supported could be hidden, I suggest you to follow the steps below to further
    narrow down the root cause of the issue.



    Method 1: Check the hard drive in different computer.



    I suggest you to check the hard drive in a different computer and check if you still face the issue.



    If the same issue persists on different computer then the issue might be with the hard drive itself, I suggest you to contact the local tech and get the drive checked.



    Method 2: Run Check disk.



    Run the check disk command to repair the hard drive and fix the bad sectors.



    1. Search for Command Prompt on the start menu.
    2. Right click and Run as Administrator.
    3. Type in chkdsk C: /f /r /x where
      C: represents the drive letter for the hard drive change the drive letter according to your system and hit enter.


    Disclaimer: While performing chkdsk on the hard drive, if any bad sectors are found on the hard drive then chkdsk tries to repair that sector if any data available on that might
    be lost.



    Method 3: Automatically diagnose and fix Windows USB problems.



    I suggest you refer to this article
    Automatically diagnose and fix Windows USB problems

    download and run the troubleshooter to fix the issue with USB detection.



    Method 4: uninstall USB drivers.



    1. If you still face the issue and the hard drives throws the error again, you can refer the article

      USB devices may stop functioning correctly when multiple devices connected to the same USB hub go into selective suspend
      and check if this helps you.
    2. Reboot the computer once after the steps are completed.




    Method 5: Backup your data on Linux OS.



    As the drive is compatible with Linux system, I suggest you to backup your data on any Linux computer first.



    Method 6: Check for hidden files.



    Some Linux files that are not readable by Windows are sometimes hidden in Windows, you can follow the below steps to unhide them and access the data.



    1. If you are able to read the hard drive, I suggest you to navigate to the drive partition and

      unhide all the hidden folder
      and check.
    2. If you are still not able to see the data, uncheck
      Hide protected operating system files.
    3. After you have found your files, I suggest you to undo the changes.


    If you still face the issue, reply to this post with more information.

    Hope it helps.

    Amit Sunar

    Microsoft Community – Moderator
     
    Amit_Sun, May 21, 2019
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  3. Aceman.au Win User
    Accessing personal files from old hard drive.

    Hey guys, I updated my PC hardware recently and replaced my hard drive with a new one, I didn't format my old drive so I could recover old data. I've plugged it in and I can open up almost everything expect my personal files like documents, music and video. It says it needs permission to continue. I click continue and nothing happens. Are there other methods I can use to get into these files?

    Edit: Nevermind after 5 minutes of waiting, it opened up for me. Please close the thread.
     
    Aceman.au, May 21, 2019
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  4. GlynParry Win User

    cant access file on an old hard drive how can i fix it?

    Old Hard drive to new hard drive

    I now have my old hard drive converted to an external drive and am wondering what is the best way to move files from the old to the new. I was thinking of booting the old drive and saving the files I want to the cloud and then downloading them to my new
    computer. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
     
    GlynParry, May 21, 2019
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