Windows 10: Determining what computer a loose hard drive was previously installed

Discus and support Determining what computer a loose hard drive was previously installed in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Build 18362.592 I have a loose hard drive that came from an unknown computer that was in a Hive of computers. I cannot determine which computer the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by DrivingMiss7of9, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Determining what computer a loose hard drive was previously installed


    Build 18362.592

    I have a loose hard drive that came from an unknown computer that was in a Hive of computers.

    I cannot determine which computer the hard drive came from but it was apparently the Boot drive for what I think was a Windows 10 installation.

    What I am wondering is if there is any data on that hard drive that might contain the System Information so that I could view it to determine which it may have come from based on other data such as Processor, RAM, Graphics card that was in that particular machine.

    Thank you

    :)
     
    DrivingMiss7of9, Jan 29, 2020
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  2. little cat, Jan 29, 2020
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  3. How to Partiton a Hard Drive in Vista

    This is a way to get Vista to see another hard drive that is not associated with the OS. There is some times when your new hdd doesn't seem to want to work well with Vista. But, there is a solution in it.

    Open the Computer Management By doing these steps.
    • Click on the Start Button
    • Click on Control Panel
    • Click Administrative Tools
    • Double click on Computer Management
    You are now in the Navigation panel of the Computer Management.
    When in Computer Management, you then have to allow the new drive to be recognized.
    • Double click on Storage
    • Double click on Disk Management
    Now in the middle of your screen there is the layout of the Disk Drives that you have. The drives that are partitioned will show by the drive lettering. The others will just show up as having nothing at all in them. Below that there will be the Disk drives that are installed into the computer. You'll see that the primary one will all ways read as "Disk 0". Then you will have Disk 1 and so on. Under the Disks there will also see your CD-Rom drives.. If there is more then one, it will be labeled the same as Disk drives..

    On to the Partitioning of the drive in question.
    • Right Click on the drive
    • Click to format the drive or Enable Volume. There will be a series of windows that open up. This is Vista's formatting. Just go threw the windows, and make sure everything is the way you want it to happen.
    • Once the formatting is done, will take some time depending on the drive size.
    • Right click on the drive
    • Click on Mark the Partition as Active
    After you have done those steps, The drive will be up and running threw Vista.



    :Side Notes:
    If you are not the Administer to the Os, then you will have to enable it..
    You may also want to redo the drive lettering of it all. But, I really don't see a reason to do so. If you do, you have to redo drive paths and so forth.. A lot of work on something so small...
     
    Cold Storm, Jan 29, 2020
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  4. Determining what computer a loose hard drive was previously installed

    Two hard drives dead?

    Okay...got my brothers computer situated. Apparently the hard drive that I unplugged was not his game drive that disappeared. But because his Antec 900 is so cramped around the hdd area, I apparently knocked the power cable loose from his game drive which made it not show up in My Computer. Plugged the power back in and hard drive is up and running.

    Now back to my 750gb. I put it back in my computer and installed Windows XP on my main 250GB drive. Dual booting that and Windows 7. The drive does not show up in either OS. *Frown Determining what computer a loose hard drive was previously installed :(

    I think the drive is FUBAR. Open to suggestions though.
     
    CrAsHnBuRnXp, Jan 29, 2020
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