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Getting files from an old HDD

JoolanderJoolander The Most Handsome / Best Pilot of the BunchRegistered User regular
edited January 2012 in Help / Advice Forum
I have the hard drive from my old desktop (its 8 years old, doesn't turn on any more)

is there a way to take the HDD out and then connect it to my laptop so I can transfer some of my old files over?

The HDD is a Western Digital, and I believe its IDE or maybe SATA II

Joolander on


  • belligerentbelligerent Registered User regular
    There are several ways you can do this, assuming the HDD is still functioning. Probably the easiest is to find an enclosure that fits your drive type, thereby turning the internal HDD into an external USB one.

  • MagdarMagdar Registered User regular
    You can certainly take the hard drive out. You can use an external enclosure to connect your hard drive to any other computer using a USB cable. Just do a search for external enclosure. You'll need to know if it's IDE or SATA, but you'll know that once you have it out.

  • JoolanderJoolander The Most Handsome / Best Pilot of the Bunch Registered User regular
    oh wow, some of those are a lot cheaper than I was expecting

    that looks like just the thing, thanks

  • drfogdrfog Registered User
    Actually, you don't need a whole enclosure if you just want to hook it up and pull the old data out. You can get an adaptor that goes usb to both sata and ide:

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