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Installing old HDD in new pc


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#1 CoolasIce

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 08:16 PM

I've pulled an old HDD from a junk computer, and I want to see what's on the HDD. I have XP, and this *old* HDD probabbly doesn't even has Windows 98. . The floppy drive was 5 1/4.


My question is: Can I just unplug my HDD and plug in the old one and see if it loads?
Will the drivers, etcc work with my newer pc?

My HDD is about 5 yrs old, and I believe it is IDE.

Thanks.

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#2 fairjoeblue

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 10:39 PM

You could try it but it's highly doubtful it will work.
If you just want to see what's on it hook it up in your unit as a slave drive, open it & see what you have.
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Posted 04 June 2009 - 08:20 PM

OK. Thanks a lot. I'll try that.

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 01:20 PM

Also; your old drive is most likely ATA/IDE, where your new computer may not even have an ATA/IDE port on the motherboard anymore.

If this is the case, I would suggest to put the old drive in an external USB enclosure (be sure to get one that supports ATA/IDE drives), and plug it in via USB into your new computer.

2 other options would be:
- buy an ATA/IDE to SATA converter, plug this into the drive and connect it (via SATA) to your motherboard
- buy an ATA/IDE controller card (PCI/PCIe) and hook the drive to that

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Posted 05 June 2009 - 05:22 PM

Great. Thanks a lot. Man, this computer stuff is complicated.




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