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Install old IDE HDD in newer PC


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#1 CFinIndy

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 12:04 PM

I have an old Quantum Fireball ST 6.4GB hard drive that I would like to install in my Dell XPS410, mainly to recover data.  The only IDE connector on the motherboard is for the floppy drive.  Can I disconnect the cable from the floppy and use it to connect the HDD? Or am I better off ordering some sort of IDE to USB adapter?  Running Win 7 on the PC if that makes any difference.  Any advice is appreciated.



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#2 Niweg

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 12:14 PM

 I'd go with the external IDE to USB enclosure.  6.4 GB is awfully small these days, so I hope you don't run into compatibility problems.  It's worth a try.

 

 Good luck.


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#3 JohnC_21

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 12:17 PM

You can use a USB IDE adapter I have used one like this for recovering data from multiple drives. 



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 01:04 PM

If the adapter in the previous post doesn't work for you try this one http://www.amazon.com/USB-Cable-Adapter-2-5-Inch-3-5-Inch/dp/B000I0VIYE



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Posted 25 January 2016 - 05:50 PM

The exteral enclosures they sell these days come with both IDE and SATA/PATA connectors.  Recovered hundreds of drives from users dead machines and they moved up to the next level.  Size shouldn't matter, when all else fails try the command prompt to look at it and move files.  6.4 is pretty small, I have one from the last generation of the original Pentium with WIN95 and it's only 4 GB.



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Posted 26 January 2016 - 01:53 PM

Thanks for the input, everyone.  The adapter seems to be the simplest and most cost effective solution, so I'll be ordering one shortly.






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