Plz help me get to data partition on XP desktop.
April 7, 2011 7:52 AM Subscribe
XP. Trying to get backed up files off old desktop computer. Using windows explorer, I cannot 'see' a partition on secondary hard drive, like the partition is hidden. But I *can* see the files when I search for *.mp3 or *.jpg or *.txt over the whole machine; they can be seen, through search facility, read only, in a partition that doesn't even show up in win explorer. I'm not certain if I somehow hid that partition and if I did I've no idea how I did it. I want to get these files off that desktop and to a place I can access them anywhere anytime, but right now I can't access them at all. Any help you can provide greatly appreciated.
posted by dancestoblue to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
I bought some storage from google, can upload to it using Gladinet front-end, went to the old desktop to grab what I'm after and ... WTF?
First drive C: has OS and program files etc. Another 200gig drive, one partition shows up as G: in Windows explorer, shows it as being right at 100gig, not 200gig. (I have two cd drives D E and then the G: drive/partition shows up -- no F: drive/partition.) Can see nothing else on that physical disk, cannot see the F: partition, EXCEPT when I search on .mp3 files over the whole machine, search result comes up with all the .mp3's (or .jpg or .txt or whatever other backed up files) that I knew/know are on that old computer. So in search results I can see the files I want to grab but cannot get to them. So Windows knows they're there when using search but windows explorer isn't seeing them ... Now what?
Oddly, when I hooked up an external USB hard disk to dump the data onto, it shows up as F:, even though in the search results it shows clearly that the files I want are on the F: partition of the 200gig drive. When I remove the USB drive no F: drive shows up in win explorer, still shows up in the search results.
It's a real wrist-slitter in that I can see those files in the search results but cannot cut or copy them out of the search results. I want to get these files off this old machine so I can format it and send it off to Craigslist-land as a cheapie for someone who needs an old XP puter.
Skill level -- I know *some* about computers, ie "This is a keyboard" and "This is a mouse." and "This flat thing here, that's called a screen." etc. Which is to say that I'm not terribly conversant in your world, plz talk to me like you would your Aunt Myrtle in Indiana, wants to find all her cat pictures off a partition she can't see...