Solved how can I see what is on my old caviar 21600

May 19, 2011 at 15:22:33
Specs: Windows XP, 1.93
When my new computer came, I tried to get some of the items transferred before it was junked. Instead of transferring things to a disc or floppy, my old computer's hard drive was removed and the rest was junked. Now, I would like to retrieve the pictures that are on the drive. Can you tell me how to do this?
By the way, when my son-in-law removed it, he didn't keep the cables.
Thank you for any help you can give me.

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May 19, 2011 at 15:34:28
Likely if your "new" machine is less than around 4 years old, it has a SATA interface, so you'd at least need a SATA to IDE adapter to plug it in the machine. A better idea may be to put it into an external USB case and then, after you're sure you've retrieved (backed-up) everything you need, format it and use it as an external drive (though 1.6GB wouldn't be a very big drive nowadays).

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May 19, 2011 at 16:42:52
Thank you for the quick reply.

My computer is slightly more than 4 yrs. old and I am not too computer literate.

Where do I get a SATA to IDE adapter or an external USB case? Is there anything I need to know when making the purchase. I added extra RAM to the old computer with no problem, will this be a similar process? How do I format the unit after I have what I want?

Thank you again for your assistance!

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May 19, 2011 at 17:04:57
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Google around for "External Hard Disk Enclosure" (or Caddy). It has to be suitable for your HD physical size and presumably IDE. It's just a box with a few chips in it and it runs from the USB. The posh ones have fans but I've had one for some years without fans and it has been fine.

The above means you don't have to take the new computer apart but it probably boils down to the cost versus a SATA to IDE adapter.

Please come back and let us know the outcome.

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May 20, 2011 at 11:08:17
I have a Gateway (eMachines) system which is less than two years old. The hard disks are SATA but the optical drive connections are still (P)ATA. (40 pin (E)IDE cable.)

With the power off of course, I simply disconnected the optical drive and connected my old system drives (3) via the cable/power connectors and copied all data to my new 1TB drive. I then reconnected my optical drive and I have all my saved data on the new machine.

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May 21, 2011 at 18:05:22

thank you so much for that little tip. I'm boxing my HD and taking it along so there won't be any doubt what I need. Your instructions makes me feel a little more sure of what I can do.
I'll post when I get back to town.

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