Data Recovery from Old Hard Drive

Dell Vostro 220 desktop computer (intel...
February 13, 2010 at 14:14:09
Specs: Windows XP
I had/have a Dell Dimension 2400 that kept freezing up. Dell tech support said problem was with either the motherboard, processor or fan. I decided to forget about fixing the dimension and to just try to recover my files and buy a new tower. I bought a Bytecc usb 2.0 to IDE/SATA adapter kit (this was a suggestion from PCWorld.com), took out the hard drive, and have connected it to my Dell Vostro 300. At least I think I've connected it. Problem is that it doesn't seem the Vostro is recognizing the hard drive. It seems to find a USB device, but I can't figure out how to get to the files. PLEASE HELP. I don't have the time or the funds to go to the geek squad or buy more equipment.

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#1
February 13, 2010 at 16:12:12
Is the drive SATA or IDE?

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#2
February 14, 2010 at 10:14:17
When you go to system management (storage) can you see it as a drive?

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#3
February 14, 2010 at 20:57:24
As an alternative, you an install the drive as a second hard drive internally. Most new systems use SATA but also have EIDE connections as well so you can use it internally as a mixed hard drive system. If the drive works, this would be a surer way to access if externally is giving you trouble.

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#4
February 15, 2010 at 12:44:00
Thank you all for your responses. It is an IDE drive and system management does have it listed under drives (it says USB).

Where or how can I find out how to install the drive internally?

Thanks!!


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#5
March 5, 2010 at 03:47:32
Have you sorted this problem out?

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#6
April 12, 2010 at 21:35:07
Thanks for asking. I took the easy (?) way out and had the Geek Squad recover my files to disk. Wish I had been able to do it myself, but...maybe next time.

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