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Temporary HDD as Primary Drive

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#1 SCSI Needs Your Help

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 03:05 AM

I have had problems with a power surge on my PC and am unable to retrieve information I urgently need.

I have an old PC with an IDE hard drive. My failed computer is a SATA hard drive.

I want to temporarily use the SATA hard drive from my fried machine on the older computer that has an IDE drive. Can I use the SATA drive as a primary hard drive so I can boot up then retrieve and edit a document?

Assume I have no components or additional hardward. What will I need to buy and how would I go about this task. I did buy a Bi-directional IDE to SATA Adapter, but it did not seem to be the right connector for what I wanted to do, so I'm wary of throwing more money at it without some Bleeping Computer advice.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 05:23 AM

Ive had little success with the IDE to sata converters, I would say your best bet is with something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...2-102-_-Product assuming the drive itself is not fried beyond repair. I would, once I got something like this, boot up off the IDE drive, use this as a slave and transfer everything off of it as well as running a hard drive diagnostic on it to make sure that it isnt damaged. Once you find out if its not damaged then you can use it again. If its damaged and windows can not read it, the next step would be to try a Ubuntu live cd or something similar, try booting the computer up with that and seeing if it will read the data or not. If not, the hard drive and everything on it may just be toast.



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