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Aug 19, 2013

So recently had my old Windows 7 desktop crash on me. Got a new Windows 8 desktop and since then have gotten an external enclosure to try and scrap the files off of the old hard drive, but when trying to connect the Drive into the new computer I get this issue >>

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See The Screenshot Below.

Solution Applied:
Drive letter changed. (Not Worked)

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