A couple of options.
First, the free solution. A;
After powering off the PC temporarily disconnect one of the optical drives. It should have a jumper on it as well. After making a note of the jumpers position, M
, remove it and place it in the same position on the hard drive we are working with.
Plug it into the same position on the cable you removed the optical drive from.
Start up your PC.
Allow XP to fully boot. The Found new hardware wizard should find and install the hard drive.
Open up My computer. The new drive may or may not be reflected. If it is`t proceed to step B
If it is, then you will probably need to follow the directions found here >How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP
If the drive does not appear in My computer you will need set it as active.
To start Disk Management:
1. Log on as administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
2. Click Start, click Run, type compmgmt.msc, and then click OK.
3. In the console tree on the left, click Disk Management.
Your new drive will show up on the right with the other drives. It will not have a letter assigned. Right click on the area representing it and select "set as active".
Since your intent seem`s to be only temporary use of the drive I would not bother assigning a drive letter.
Hopefully this should get you access to your needed data. If not then please post at which point the process failed and we`ll see what we can do.
The second option is to get an external hard drive enclosure or caddie. These allow hard drives to be placed into them and then connected via a USB or firewire port to any computer without having to open the case up.
Edited by ThunderZ, 10 October 2010 - 09:21 AM.