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Question About Connecting Hard Drive to New Computer


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#1 Rvan801

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 02:54 PM

My old computer, an eMachines running Windows ME, stopped working a number of years ago, and I am now trying to connect its hard drive (which has been removed from the case/tower) to my laptop running Windows Vista. It seems that the hard drive is of the IDE type, given that it has pins on the side. My understanding so far is that I will need both a power adapter and a USB connector in order to connect the hard drive to the laptop so that I can access my old files. Is this correct, and if so, does this eBay auction have everything I would need?

 

I really appreciate any input, and I'll be happy to provide any other information if needed.



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 25 December 2013 - 03:30 PM

That is what I use. Works fine. You can get one cheaper here. Do not touch the circuit board on the hard drive and be carefull of static electricity.



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 11:27 AM

Personally I'd go with an enclosure where you can actually use the drive after you get the data you want.  Since the old machine was a desktop you probably need a 3.5" enclosure, laptops would use a 2.5".



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Posted 26 December 2013 - 02:30 PM

I would go with RKilroy's suggestion if you plan on using the drive as a storage device. The adapter is good for temporary access to the drive.

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 08:15 PM

Thank you both so much for the responses; I really only need temporary access to the drive at the moment, but I might end up buying an enclosure down the road. Thanks again!






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