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Replacing OLD HDD's in OLD Computer - 50 Pin HDD

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#1 xfile102


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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:51 PM

My friend owns a local Medical Supply Company. The PC they use to store patient data on is going bad, and they need it replaced. The problem is that this PC is SOOO old, there is no network adapter, and the HDD's are 50 Pin Seagate ST39173N Hdd's. So I cannot even take the drive and put it into my current PC as it is SATA only. How can I copy the data off the old HDD So I can put it on the new one?

The HDD is hooked up in the Old PC via a DTP Adapter card.

I am Including photos of everything for clarity.

What I need, for clarification, is to back up the data on one ST39173N 50 Pin HDD to A NEW Seagate ST39173N HDD. Please help with a solution.

Pictures as promised:

Old Drive

New Drive

Old PC

Old PC Closeup

DPT Adapter Card

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#2 Knight_of_BAAWA


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Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:59 PM

Throw an old network card in the old system if you can and see if you can get your system to talk to it. Otherwise, throw the SCSI card in your system and see if there are drivers. If so: hook up the drive to it and copy the data.

#3 James Litten

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Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:44 PM


Is that drive part of a RAID array and was the OS on Win NT 3.51?

If so and you can't keep it running long enough for a direct cable connection to do the copy then you may need to setup another old PC just like it and use that to recover it using NT3.51 or maybe Linux if you can find the drivers (might require a floppy drive for the drivers).

If it wasn't part of a RAID array (maybe even if it was depending on the type) then try that old card or another in a PC with an empty PCI slot and see if you can get it recognized and compatible drivers installed. Linux might be your best bet for that. There are probably some *nix hackers making these work and posting how online.


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