I have an HDD I removed from an old Toshiba laptop that I had way back which had a problem with its power jack. I managed to switch the HDD with another external HDD's docking station. I gave the laptop to a cousin of mine and when I was at his place, his Windows 7 laptop was able to read the HDD without problems.

However, when I connect it to my Windows 10 laptop, it shows up as an unformatted drive with 0 bytes. In Disk Management, it comes up as RAW. There's absolutely nothing wrong with the drive. It's just that Windows 10 can't read it.

I used MiniTool to browse the HDD and sure enough it was able to list the partition and files. The scary part is that MiniTool was able to read files that I had long deleted before entirely formatting the drive and installing a new OS. :/

So, is there a way to make Windows 10 to be able to read the disk without having to backup/restore? Thanks.

HDD exhibit

  • What format is the hard disk in? Windows 10 has no issues reading most older file systems, unless they are really ancient. Is it encrypted?
    – Aganju
    Mar 12 '19 at 22:31
  • NTFS with MBR. A standard Windows 7 installation. I'll try connecting it to a Win7 VirtualBox or if I can find a laptop laying by soon enough I can try to boot from it and see what happens
    – chx101
    Mar 12 '19 at 22:46
  • I tried booting from the drive through USB and it got into a loop and eventually the BIOS loader gave up and said there were no bootable drives.
    – chx101
    Mar 13 '19 at 13:37

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