Sunday, December 29, 2019

Windows Explorer stops responding when an old hard drive is plugged in

Windows Explorer stops responding when an old hard drive is plugged in

Hey guys,

Alright, so the hard drive from the laptop in my previous post was taken out of the old laptop. It ran Windows 8.1 at the time. I plugged the old hard drive into a SATA cable and plugged the other end into a USB port on my new laptop that runs Windows 10. The drive will show up in Windows Explorer as "D: Local Disk". The drive says it has no files and when I right click and try to format it, Windows Explorer stops responding and I have to restart it from the task manager. Am I doing something wrong? Is the Windows 8.1 hard drive trying to run Windows 8 boot files while Windows 10 is running on my current PC? I am not sure what is causing the hard drive to stop Windows Explorer from accessing it. The hard drive has no obvious damage and doesn't click or make noises either. Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks guys,

Nick