I am not sure what you have already tried, but it would be helpful if you posted a link to your previous thread.
So I am going to ask a question that your previous post would most likely answer.
Have you tried putting the Windows XP hard drive in as a slave drive in the computer with Windows 7? Or at least as SATA1 if SATA and Windows 7 as SATA0?
You should be able to see all the files, folders and directories while using Windows 7 as the boot drive.
I am not sure why your optical drives are not reading the disk, it also depends on what type of hardware the drives are, in other words, are they IDE or SATA?
IDE/E-IDE/PATA drives have to be set as master and slave if they are hooked up to the same IDE data cable.
The IDE to SATA card you plan on purchasing should work, to gain access to the drive, make sure you follow the instruction manual that comes with the board, there may be drivers you will have to install for the card to work properly, each IDE to SATA board has its own procedure for proper setup.
You may receive a cdrom disk that has a manual on it, make sure you read the manual and any read me files that pop up during the installation, you may have to load drivers before the card is installed.
Failure to read the installation and setup instructions carefully, will result in not being able to see the hard drive as a hard drive, I have seen this happen when cards like this are being used to retrieve data from a hard drive.
What card if any do you plan on purchasing? If you have one in mind please post a link to it, so we can check it out and offer some decent advice and suggestions.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 07 September 2010 - 02:45 PM.