Found 19th Oct 2007
Scenario:

I have an old eMachines 420, the PSU and Motherboard have gone. To replace it, I bought a Dell Desktop machine a few months ago. I would really like the data that is still on my eMachines Maxtor Hard Drive back as it contains old pictures.

Is there some sort of old Hard Drive reader I can buy and connect upto my new machine?

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highguyuk

Scenario:I have an old eMachines 420, the PSU and Motherboard have gone. … Scenario:I have an old eMachines 420, the PSU and Motherboard have gone. To replace it, I bought a Dell Desktop machine a few months ago. I would really like the data that is still on my eMachines Maxtor Hard Drive back as it contains old pictures.Is there some sort of old Hard Drive reader I can buy and connect upto my new machine?



Yeah you have a choice, assuming the hard drive is still in tact and working then you can use the old IDE ribbon cable from your old machine and rig it up to your new machine that way (your new comp should have an IDE connector on the motherboard).

Or

get one of these ebuyer.com/pro…821

Simply take your IDE h/drive and put it in the caddy and bingo you have an external h/drive that can be used via a USB port on your new comp.

Original Poster

FANTASTIC! Rep left for that.

However, will this work with Vista?

highguyuk

However, will this work with Vista?



Both methods will work with any operating system

Original Poster

Thanks v.much!

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highguyuk

FANTASTIC! Rep left for that.However, will this work with Vista?


all you need to do is on the back of the hard disk theres a little plastin jumper,
move it to SLAVE and connect the lead from your new hard drive to the old hard drive(the cables have connectors for 2 hard drives)
turn computer on and click on my computer,their you will see your C:(new hard drive)then D:(cd drive) then you will have another letter either E: or F: depending on how mant cd drives you have,click on the old hard drive and all data is their,once you have transfered leave hard drive in to hide things or to store mp3s or just make use of it,no need to remove it

highguyuk

FANTASTIC! Rep left for that.However, will this work with Vista?



Wow thanks.......... like 'hayton2k3' says if you are going to rig the old drive up as a slave drive in your new machine you may need to change the jumper on the old hard drive to slave.

Good site to tell you how to do this for a maxtor drive is this one coz it has some pics dtidata.com/res…ve/

But to be honest if you're not that computer savvy and don't mind shelling out a tenner or so then I would just get a hard drive caddy, plonk your drive in that and use it as an external drive.

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SpecMan

Wow thanks.......... like 'hayton2k3' says if you are going to rig the … Wow thanks.......... like 'hayton2k3' says if you are going to rig the old drive up as a slave drive in your new machine you may need to change the jumper on the old hard drive to slave. Good site to tell you how to do this for a maxtor drive is this one coz it has some pics http://www.dtidata.com/resourcecenter/2007/04/23/how-to-slave-hard-drive/But to be honest if you're not that computer savvy and don't mind shelling out a tenner or so then I would just get a hard drive caddy, plonk your drive in that and use it as an external drive.


fair does but setting the jumper takes seconds even for a novice,setting a jumper is the first step in computers,if he can use a computer ha can read where it says jumper as MAXTOR's have a pic on HD showing where to put it as a slave(dont know about others)

Original Poster

If I'm paying £10 to get the caddy, I might as well use the HD afterwards and leave it connected.

Rep left for Hayton too ... have ordered the ebuyer caddy ...

hayton2k3

fair does but setting the jumper takes seconds even for a novice,setting … fair does but setting the jumper takes seconds even for a novice,setting a jumper is the first step in computers



Haha no way, I work on the Techguys desk in PC World, people frequently want to utilize there old hard drive in some capacity, I give them the option like I did here, there face scrunches up and they look like they are going to cry at the very thought of changing the jumpers themselves. To you and I it might sound like a doddle but for most people the first step in computers is merely opening up the side of the case and the vast majority of people I speak to are to scared to even do that. Sad but true:pirate:

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SpecMan

Haha no way, I work on the Techguys desk in PC World, people frequently … Haha no way, I work on the Techguys desk in PC World, people frequently want to utilize there old hard drive in some capacity, I give them the option like I did here, there face scrunches up and they look like they are going to cry at the very thought of changing the jumpers themselves. To you and I it might sound like a doddle but for most people the first step in computers is merely opening up the side of the case and the vast majority of people I speak to are to scared to even do that. Sad but true:pirate:


ok but i was setting jumpers when i was a child,i remember running windows 3.1 on my dads pc with only a 3 1/2inch floppy

what a great machine it was

hayton2k3

ok but i was setting jumpers when i was a child



Good for you but most people werent hence what I said about people being too scared to even take off the side of there case.

If only highguyuk had a SATA drive then we wouldn't need to have this mundane conversation about jumpers since you can slave a SATA drive with no jumpers.

In a couple of years from now jumpers will be practically redundant on h/drives.

SpecMan

Haha no way, I work on the Techguys desk in PC World



Sorry don't believe you, you didn't ask the op £50 for your advice:giggle:

Shengis

Sorry don't believe you, you didn't ask the op £50 for your advice:giggle:



Ah hah you've been before ;-)

Nah seriously we very rarely charge for our advice - only for physical work. To be honest you don't have to be up to much to work on the techguys desk, you just have to know an average amount about everything anyone might want to do with a PC, nothing more.

99% of the stuff we deal with goes like this:

[COLOR="Red"]Customer[/COLOR]: (slams laptop on the desk) the screen's blank and it doesn't do anything when I tap the keys, it must be broken, I want my money back.

[COLOR="Green"]Techguys advisor[/COLOR]: Have you tried pressing the 'on' button madam?

[COLOR="Red"]Customer[/COLOR]: Doh!

Original Poster

Keep getting a buffer overrun error on some folders on the HD?

Other than this, all working fine.

Cable Select jumper setting would be alot easier, btw.
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