Windows 10: View files on broke PC with new built PC Solved

  1.    22 Aug 2015 #1

    View files on broke PC with new built PC


    Hello, my mom had a Dell that was from 07 and it died a week ago so i took the chore of building one (PARTS) so she can try and recover her files. On the old pc I think i narrowed it down to the motherboard so im hopeing the HD still works. I need the information off the HD like my quicken backup in (my documents) and some Ms access databases and excel files along with picture and some files.

    I guess my question is can I plug this drive in a SATA on my board and will the structure be there like windows or will it not even open? Or do i need some kind of software to pull the data once i plug this thing in.

    thanks
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    W10Prox64
       22 Aug 2015 #2

    oxicottin said: View Post
    Hello, my mom had a Dell that was from 07 and it died a week ago so i took the chore of building one (PARTS) so she can try and recover her files. On the old pc I think i narrowed it down to the motherboard so im hopeing the HD still works. I need the information off the HD like my quicken backup in (my documents) and some Ms access databases and excel files along with picture and some files.

    I guess my question is can I plug this drive in a SATA on my board and will the structure be there like windows or will it not even open? Or do i need some kind of software to pull the data once i plug this thing in.

    thanks
    Hi oxicottin and welcome to TenForums.

    Once you have the new computer up and running, you can plug the old HDD in a few different ways:
    1. a SATA to USB adapter cable or bay dock
    2. a SATA+power cable inside the case
    3. buy an external HDD case and put the old HDD in it, connecting via USB.

    All these ways will enable you to "see" the files stored on the old HDD, and transfer them to the new computer, as long as the old HDD is still functioning. They will appear in file explorer, same as always.

    p.s. If you go the external HDD case route, then you can always use that as an extra HDD for backups, once you've grabbed your files off it.

    One more thing: If it is an IDE type connection, then you would need something like this.

    So, you need to determine if the HDD is IDE (ribbon cable) or SATA.
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  3.    22 Aug 2015 #3

    So if i go with the cheapest...

    2. a SATA+power cable inside the case

    Then all i need is a spare SATA and there are plenty power attachments left in my case. Then once i get what i need i can just leave in case and wipe drive since it is a 250gb drive. Thank You
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    W10Prox64
       22 Aug 2015 #4

    oxicottin said: View Post
    So if i go with the cheapest...

    2. a SATA+power cable inside the case

    Then all i need is a spare SATA and there are plenty power attachments left in my case. Then once i get what i need i can just leave in case and wipe drive since it is a 250gb drive. Thank You
    Yes, I'm just a not sure if your computer will think it sees another operating system and try to boot from it. Normally the connections on the MB for the SATA cables and sometimes the settings in your BIOS might have something to do with Master/Slave configuration. I am not that well-versed in these things. But go ahead and try it, and if you have problems booting, at least you'll know where to start looking for the correct configuration.

    But please make sure that the old HDD from 2007 is actually a SATA drive. I think that is just old enough to possibly still be IDE.
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  5.    23 Aug 2015 #5

    By the way, the title of this thread is kind of an unfortunate choice. A "broke" pc means the pc has got no money But I think what you meant is: The pc is "broken". You see, one little letter can make a huge difference. I don't want to be a know-it-all. But i thought it would be useful for you to know the difference
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  6.    23 Aug 2015 #6

    @simrick its a SATA not the old style IDE and it worked fine and thank you, I was going to do it this way to begin but like u said in your second comment I wasn't sure about the old OS being there so I needed a second opinion. Thank you for the reassurance!

    @altae, I have no reply for your comments other than why give a class between "broke" and "broken" when it had nothing to do with the subject matter......
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    W10Prox64
       23 Aug 2015 #7

    oxicottin said: View Post
    @simrick its a SATA not the old style IDE and it worked fine and thank you, I was going to do it this way to begin but like u said in your second comment I wasn't sure about the old OS being there so I needed a second opinion. Thank you for the reassurance!
    Great news! Glad the old HDD is still functioning. You should use it now for file backups. You can install the free version of Speccy to check the S.M.A.R.T attributes to make sure it is still a healthy drive.

    Please go ahead and mark the thread as "solved" in the top left-hand corner.

    oxicottin said: View Post
    @altae, I have no reply for your comments other than why give a class between "broke" and "broken" when it had nothing to do with the subject matter......
    Yeah...sorry about that.
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  8.    23 Aug 2015 #8

    @simrick
    ,
    Ok will do and thank you again!
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    W10Prox64
       23 Aug 2015 #9

    oxicottin said: View Post
    @simrick
    ,
    Ok will do and thank you again!
    Thank you and you are quite welcome!
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