Retrieving Data from NTFS drive

By m_sheppers ·
I recently encountered some problems installing software on my Dell System. I am running Windows XP Professional. After several attempts to fix the problem, I purchased a new hard drive and installed my OS on it. It seems to be working fine but I have some files on the old hard drive that I need to retrieve. My system recognizes both hard drives (new and old) but will not assign a drive letter to the old hard drive. When I go into Disk Management, the old hard drive shows up as Healthy (Active) but does not have a drive letter assigned. If I right-click on it the only option available is Delete Partition. All of the other options are greyed out. Can anyone suggest how I might be able to access the drive and retrieve my files? I've been told that I need to re-format the drive but I don't want to lose the files if I can save them.

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Good choice!

by dave In reply to Thanks for the help

I have used this freeware program before several times with good results. As you may have noticed, you don't usually get back 100% of your files, but under the circumstance, consider youself lucky.

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