Linking an old Hard-drive to new PC

June 1, 2009 at 08:04:37
Specs: Windows XP
Hi
Ive had an old computer from my student days laying around in the attic and finally decided to throw it out as there appears to be zero output to my monitor when I try to connect. However would like to connect the hard drive to my current PC. Is there a simple way to do this (not technically gifted with PCs!) I do know that it is an old 40 (39) pin HD. Is there a simple adapter that I can use to connect this to my current PC via USB or am way off the mark!

Thanks

Nick


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#1
June 1, 2009 at 08:31:02
It would be helpful to know what computer you currently have. Most current models still have at least one IDE controller. Your old hard drive is an IDE model. Therefore you should be able to connect it to the computer internally, at least temporarily.

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#2
June 1, 2009 at 08:32:50
I would first google for the exact type & model of hard drive.

Its probably IDE, then look for a hard disk enclosure like this

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/?
_from=R40&_trksid=m38&_nkw=hard+drive+enclosure&_sacat=
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#3
June 1, 2009 at 10:22:49
Your old HD is an IDE interface...If you look at the pins, you will see a series of pins off to the side with notations, SL, MA and CS...place the jumper on the SL pins...this will set your drive to work as a "slave" drive...

Assuming you have a IDE hard drive in your current computer, you should see a connector in the middle of the cable, plug that connector into the HD...and plug in a power connector...

Start your computer, and after everything is booted up, you should be able to open Windows Explorer and see your "slave" hard drive...It will probably have a drive letter of E, F something like that...

You will be able to open the drive and drag and drop any info you want onto your current hd...

good luck...


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#4
June 1, 2009 at 12:49:04
Better find out if it is rll mfm or ide.

Bet you could find some info on the drive to tell us what it is.

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#5
June 1, 2009 at 13:21:25
Thanks for the input all, sorry forgot to mention that it is an IDE drive.
Popped into Maplins earlier and actually saw a device which appeared to enable a connection from my HD into some sort of adapter into a USB. Unfortunately the queue for assistance was too long for my lunch break!
Have found something similar - IDE/SATA to USB 2.0:
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx...

Any thoughts on this?

Thanks

Nick


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#6
June 1, 2009 at 14:07:22
While that is suitable for casual use, a better option would be an enclosure, same price from the same source.
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx...

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#7
June 1, 2009 at 14:09:22
After looking at the adapter from Maplin.

You will still need to put it in an enclosure, most will come with
the connections.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx...

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#8
June 1, 2009 at 14:18:37
The item you linked will not work as shown. A 3.5" IDE hard drive will also require a 12v power connection. As was stated above you would need to get a USB enclosure, in which case you don't need the cable you linked.

Why do you insist on spending money when you don't need to. Install the drive in your case. If all you want to do is access files and be done with it then you don't even need to screw it into a bay for that.


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#9
June 2, 2009 at 01:54:50
hi

maplins is wellover priced on that item

heres a cheaper external enclosure
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Comp...

and cheaper still, see previous posts add drive to pc as slave.


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