Vista HD into windows 10 laptop Data recover question

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  1. Posts : 5
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    Vista HD into windows 10 laptop Data recover question


    ill try and be clear and to the point I have an old laptop HD that was from my old VISTA laptop 2013 approx, just the HD with my old files i had from my old laptop which is dead. I have a new windows 10 )newest version laptop. I tried swapping old hd into the win 10 laptop cannot boot it obviously. my question is. Is there any bios add on or free software i can install on my wind 10 laptop whereas when i swap in my old vista hd and enter the bios i can recover just my personal files from this old vista HD, and have them show up when i swap my wind 10 hd back in , in windows 10? WOuld be excellent if so,,,, I just have the HD, i mean doing this without buying an adaptor or anything to get the files off my old HD. can this be done somehow>?
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  2. Posts : 2,487
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    You say "recover".

    I assume you mean "copy to somewhere".

    Where would the somewhere be?

    Can the new laptop hold more than 1 hard drive? Probably not.

    Are these just ordinary files (pictures, recipes, video)? Or are they programs or installed programs?
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  3. Posts : 34,963
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    Drive caddies are not expensive: e.g.
    Vista HD into windows 10 laptop Data recover question-1.png

    It's far more convenient to use one of those - and then keep the drive for other purposes, say, than opening your laptop- which would be of no use unless your laptop can take multiple drives.

    Safer too in some ways.
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    ignatzatsonic said:
    You say "recover".

    I assume you mean "copy to somewhere".

    Where would the somewhere be?

    Can the new laptop hold more than 1 hard drive? Probably not.

    Are these just ordinary files (pictures, recipes, video)? Or are they programs or installed programs?
    just pictures word docs basically and some music.. and my laptop holds on HD lol at a time. I mean copy to somewhere yes ... and free options, if any, or easy free solutions i assume not, maybe im wrong//

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    what if i did multiboot, installed vista on my machine left windows 10 also would it then let me access the files if i plop my old hd in and boot it into vista with the old hd in? no idea. not gonna even try that unless will work,, then just save my files to google drive and then boot back into windows 10>>? mhm?
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    mattewstice said:
    just pictures word docs basically and some music.. and my laptop holds on HD lol at a time. I mean copy to somewhere yes ... and free options, if any, or easy free solutions i assume not, maybe im wrong//

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    what if i did multiboot, installed vista on my machine left windows 10 also would it then let me access the files if i plop my old hd in and boot it into vista with the old hd in? no idea. not gonna even try that unless will work,, then just save my files to google drive and then boot back into windows 10>>? mhm?


    The problem you will have is that the drivers on the Vista drive will probably not be compatible with your new laptop.
    An external enclosure is the easiest, cheapest way... pretty much.

    Unless you happen to have access to a desktop computer.
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  6. Posts : 5
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    ya dont have a usb stick or alternate desktop computer, errr. so only option pay for an adaptor or some hardware device to do so> ? would be cool if windows 10 had something to boot into bios and just have the ability to read old HDS from previous O/S versions and restore just the basic pictures and files. but i guess im dreaming in 2021, this wouldnt be available fro, the biggest o/s software company to ever exist, in 2012, ahah cheers thanks.. if any options you come across that are just software based let me know thanks in advance.. the Laptop reads my HD it says in bios i put it in just cant boot into it or get into the files

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    i also found this powerline adaptor that runs internet through house electrical system pretty cool any idea what thi thing is worth no point using it though basically when i have wifi right? d link dhp 540 and the other adaptor to hook to my router
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  7. Posts : 2,487
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    mattewstice said:
    ..................would be cool if windows 10 had something to boot into bios and just have the ability to read old HDS from previous O/S versions and restore just the basic pictures and files.

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    If you can connect the Vista drive to the Win 10 laptop in some way, then obviously the Win 10 laptop COULD see the Vista drive and allow you to copy from it.

    But I'm not sure if the Vista laptop drive can be accessed purely by an ordinary USB cable.

    It may also need a power source.

    I know very little about laptops or laptop drives.
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  8. Posts : 5
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    ignatzatsonic said:
    If you can connect the Vista drive to the Win 10 laptop in some way, then obviously the Win 10 laptop COULD see the Vista drive and allow you to copy from it.

    But I'm not sure if the Vista laptop drive can be accessed purely by an ordinary USB cable.

    It may also need a power source.

    I know very little about laptops.
    the vista drive LAPTOP i put in my windows 10 laptop i can see it in bios but no way to access the files in BIOS get me?AHAH
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  9. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
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    mattewstice said:
    the vista drive LAPTOP i put in my windows 10 laptop i can see it in bios but no way to access the files in BIOS get me?AHAH
    If you want to retrieve files from the Vista drive, why would you have to put it inside the Windows 10 laptop?

    Nor do I understand what the BIOS has to do with this.

    No, I guess I don't get you.

    Good luck.
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  10. Posts : 34,963
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    You could spend ages posting here.. or order a caddy.
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