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I just upgraded to 8.1 from win 7. Back on my win 7 I had a data drive that was originally formatted to 7. I figured that I'd just be able to plug it into my 8.1 install and pull my old data from that drive and bring that stuff onto my new install.

After I plugged it in a booted up was that my monitors wouldn't turn on even though they were plugged in. unplugged the data drive and the monitors worked fine after.

Any ideas on how to get my old data onto my 8.1?
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Go into computer management and then select disk management. See if the drive is recognized, if it is then try right clicking on the drive and selecting "Import Foreign Disk" and if that doesn't work try "Reactivate Disk" you might have to do this if you made the disk a dynamic disk drive. I have to do this sometimes after an OS reinstall to get my drive to work because I left it as a dynamic drive. There should be no reason it doesn't work as Windows normally uses NTFS file format and if not that then the older FAT32 file format.
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Windows easy transfer tool.
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Go into computer management and then select disk management. See if the drive is recognized, if it is then try right clicking on the drive and selecting "Import Foreign Disk" and if that doesn't work try "Reactivate Disk" you might have to do this if you made the disk a dynamic disk drive. I have to do this sometimes after an OS reinstall to get my drive to work because I left it as a dynamic drive. There should be no reason it doesn't work as Windows normally uses NTFS file format and if not that then the older FAT32 file format.

The only problem with this is that when the win 7 data drive is plugged into the system the screens won't turn on so I can't go to disk management.

I found a way to turn an internal drive into an "external" drive where you have a usb connector run out from the sata port and plug the power port into a wall plug that has a black box like a laptop plug. You can buy this set up from amazon for 10-20 bucks so I'm prob gonna try that.

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Windows easy transfer tool.

I don't think this will work because I have no other 2nd pc into which I could place my data drive so that easy transfer could happen. My new OS and drive are being used in the same computer that the data drive was in before. So the "old pc" in that configuration doesn't really exist in this problem i'm facing.
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...After I plugged it in a booted up was that my monitors wouldn't turn on even though they were plugged in. unplugged the data drive and the monitors worked fine after.

Any ideas on how to get my old data onto my 8.1?

    Do any of your monitors power up long enough to show the BIOS screen?  If not, that means that your computer isn't POSTing for some reason.  Make sure that your Windows 8 drive is connected to the SATA1 port, and try booting the computer with the Windows 7 drive connected to the PSU only (don't connect the SATA connection), and see if the system boots.  If it does, shutdown and connect the Windows 7 HDD to SATA3 (I'm assuming that your CD/DVD drive is connected to SATA2), and try again.
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    Do any of your monitors power up long enough to show the BIOS screen?  If not, that means that your computer isn't POSTing for some reason.  Make sure that your Windows 8 drive is connected to the SATA1 port, and try booting the computer with the Windows 7 drive connected to the PSU only (don't connect the SATA connection), and see if the system boots.  If it does, shutdown and connect the Windows 7 HDD to SATA3 (I'm assuming that your CD/DVD drive is connected to SATA2), and try again.

When I had the problem (still do but just haven't gone back to the old drive yet) the bios didn't show up at all. I'm not sure if my win 8 drive is connected to the sata1 port. I think I have it plugged into a port that is for 6.0 gbps transfers (thats the port I used for my old win 7 drive and I left the sata cable plugged into the same spot on the mobo). I think the cd/dvd drive is connected to the slower ports. I'm such a sata newb hehe. My main concern right now is getting my win 8.1 activated. This copy is from a torrent and its been causing some difficulty getting activated so I expect that pretty soon I may be buying a copy and have to reinstall (since I'm not paying 199$ for 8.1 pro when basic is really all I need).
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The only problem with this is that when the win 7 data drive is plugged into the system the screens won't turn on so I can't go to disk management.

I found a way to turn an internal drive into an "external" drive where you have a usb connector run out from the sata port and plug the power port into a wall plug that has a black box like a laptop plug. You can buy this set up from amazon for 10-20 bucks so I'm prob gonna try that.
I don't think this will work because I have no other 2nd pc into which I could place my data drive so that easy transfer could happen. My new OS and drive are being used in the same computer that the data drive was in before. So the "old pc" in that configuration doesn't really exist in this problem i'm facing.

If your computer does not boot up with the data drive plugged in that would mean that the data drive might have an installed O.S. of some kind and your computer is attempting to boot to that druve instead of your O.S. drive.

You might want to go into the bios and then disable booting to other devices and make sure that the only device to boot off is the hard drive with Windows 8.1.
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    That is basically what I was getting at with making sure that the desired OS drive was plugged into SATA1.  However, he said that the BIOS doesn't appear at all, as if the computer is failing to POST when the other HDD is connected.  Disabling other boot devices (if the option is available) is a good idea, though.
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