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I installed a new hard drive on my desktop computer and installed my Windows XP Professional operating system on it. The old hard drive was still working and still had the XP operating system on it and files that I wanted to access. I put the old hard drive in an external USB enclosure. After installing XP on the new hard drive, I wanted to access the old hard drive to retrieve documents, files, etc. I attached the external hard drive enclosure and it showed up in ?my computer?. As soon as I clicked on the drive letter for the external hard drive enclosure, an ?auto play? (I am uncertain whether it was auto play, but I believe it was) dialogue box came up and started deleting files fast from the external hard drive enclosure. I immediately stopped the process. I thought that maybe this occurred because there was an XP operating system on the external hard drive enclosure. So, I tried two other external hard drive enclosures that I have, which have only data on them, and the same thing happened ? files were deleting fast until I stopped the process. I used a recovery program to see if the files I wanted on the external hard drive enclosure were still there, but had no luck. Some files were there, but not my videos, pictures, word documents, tax files, etc. I don?t know how the files were selected for deletion, but it appears that the most important files were deleted.
I tried researching the cause of this problem on the Internet. I also referred to my copy of ?Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out? manual. I wasn?t able to find any information regarding this issue.
I am hoping that will be able to advise me as to what happened and why it happened and how to stop this from happening. I doubt that I can recover files that appear to have been deleted, but if that is possible, please let me know.
I appreciate any help you can provide me regarding this issue.