How can I keep/save info from old hard drives to see later +

March 8, 2015 at 20:39:22
Specs: Windows 7
Save information from old hard drive
Shame on me but I have 1 laptop and 4 old pc's...afraid to toss the pc's in case there's something important on them... just got a 'backup plus' device .. can I use it to copy stuff from old pc's and still be able to see/use? I'd like to do this so I can toss the old pcs, but want to be sure it is possible ... since they are so old I'm thinking I'll have to maybe take the hard drive out of one and put it into another (if that makes sense) and I'm hoping there is a tutorial on how to take drives from one pc to another... thank you all in advance for any advice:)

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March 9, 2015 at 00:08:14
Copy & Paste your important stuff onto a usb thumb/flash drive is probably the safest way.

When I throw out an old comp, I keep the hard drive for handy. It can then be used for backups or a fresh operating system.

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March 9, 2015 at 03:00:44
If possible I would use dvd as my safe/long(er) term storage rather than relying on usb/flash(thumb)drives. Dvd are more reliable. I'd even consider two sets of dvd too..

Flash drives are more useful when travelling, and require their contents while on the go; the data also being safely stored on dvd and another hard drive elsewhere.

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March 9, 2015 at 06:52:37
You can remove the drives from the machines and either get an external case or a USB adapter cable and plug them in as external drives to copy over the information. Note that depending on how old the older machines are, you may have a mix of SATA (I & II) drives and possibly PATA (IDE) drives so you may have to look around for one solution for each or possibly you may find one that will work for all (note that solutions for SATA II should work for SATA I but solutions for SATA III will work for SATA III and Sata II but not for SATA I). If you use external case(s) then after you copy all important information onto your new computer, you can use the newest of these drives, reformat it, and use it for a back up for all of your important data. Just remember that no drive is infallible so keep all data on at least two drives so if you plan on deleting anything from the new computer that is important to you, putting it on one drive only will not be safe enough so either make the copy to two drives or make DVD copies as a back up to the storage drive.

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March 9, 2015 at 07:15:30
I agree with #3 above as the easiest solution and you will have the bonus of extra storage available.

Most docking stations are dedicated to either PATA or SATA. there are powered cable connectors that will work on ANY type of drive. See the link below.

BTW, if you are going to toss the old towers you should remove the hard drives for security reasons anyway.

I have this model and it works great on all hard drives and optical drives too.

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March 9, 2015 at 21:11:47
Much depends on how 'old' they are. If they're not capable of using USB drives and have no cd or dvd burner then you have no choice but to attach the drives to another computer. Once they're connected as a second (non-booting) drive you can copy over whatever you want to keep. Depending on the drive sizes you may be able to copy off everything to its own folder on the new drive.

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March 10, 2015 at 10:35:41
Doesn't matter how old the computers are. Unless they are 20 years or more. Anything made in the last 10 years at least can be accessed using the device I linked above and connecting it to any USB port on your current computer.

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March 11, 2015 at 20:18:12
if you can copy files now, then there is no need to move hard drive from old computer to another, for the speed is decided by the hard drive itself.
actually it is not difficult to take hard drive out and connect it to another computer.
1. power off computer, then unplug hard drive from computer case. usually there are two cables connect hard drive and computer: power and interface cable. Then you can connect the hard drive to another computer by connecnting these two cables.
2. you need to make sure that the new computer supports the interfce of the old hard drive.
also you can use partition manager to help you clone hard drive or image hard drive.
P.S. if the computer can't boot after connecting the hard drive, you can go to BIOS and set the booting hard drive.

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