A couple of months ago my XP PC went south, and to get it repaired will cost me almost as much as a new one, so I have decided to scrap it. The problem is I have a lot of info on the HD which I need to copy (mainly my email addresses), the question is how can I get this information off the hard drive. I have three other comps, one very old very slow HP XP which I am using as a stand by, one Lap top Vista and a Samsung Net Book also XP. Can anyone help me.
an alternative to the caddy is an IDE/USB cable and power supply, such as click here is one example of many. I have a collection of hard drives with this and that stored on them. When needed the selected drive simply sits 'naked' in the desk connected via the cable.
rawprawn Will do as you say, and take the hard drive out and take it down to my local comp shop and ask for the right piece of kit. It seems like the best idea. BTW it was not the hard drive that went down it was something else in the computer (PSU I suspect but I am not sure).
The cheapest, fastest but perhaps not the easiest solution if you're not hardware proficient, is to install the drive internally into the computer you want to transfer the files to. This web page will show you how to fit an IDE drive to a computer click here there is also a link at the bottom of the page for fitting a SATA drive.
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