|I have an unusual problem, that I am trying to help my mother-in-law with. She has a really old Western Digital HDD that she, according to her, crashed. She had it replaced several years ago and the technician told her that the data (pictures/videos etc.) was retrievable, but since she was only paying him to put in a new drive this old one has been sitting in a box ever since. She brought it out and asked me if I could retrieve the files for her. I should first let you know that she no longer uses the old computer that it came out of, but she does still have it. I told her I would try to do it for her while she is on vacation. |
So, here's the thing. I figured that I could pull out her old computer and slave this bad drive to it and try to get the information that way. So, in the attic I go. Found this old ComputDyne Computer, turned it on to get some information before slaving drive to it. To my surprise it wasn't anything that I really ever had to use. It booted to DOS, showing DOS 6.20 operating system and running Windows 3.1. Well, since I'm not well versed in DOS I figured that I would put it back in the attic and see if I couldn't slave it to my computer successfully? I have a newer pc, running Windows XP Home SP3. I am very familiar with my pc, as I have installed drives and memory etc. So, here is my actual question.
Can I slave a WD400BB that, at one time, was running as the master in a DOS 6.2/Windows 3.1 system to my Windows XP Home SP3 system and attempt a data recovery? If so, what would be recovery program should I use? This won't damage my system at all will it? Also, would it be best to slave it to my master hdd or slave it to my dvd drive or some other way? I'm not even sure that the drive will spin when connected, but I wanted to get prepared in case it does.