windows xp pro, 2.4ghz, asus p4pe mothrboard. ive just swaped my old ata hard drive for an new sata drive, and installed windowes from scratch. it all works fine. my question is, is there any why i can plug my old drive in to an ide port temporarily, just to copy some old files. or would i have to reboot it with just my old drive and copy the files to cd. thanks.
If either drive is manufactured by Maxtor, then you can use Maxblast3 to copy the entire contents of one drive to another, including the o/s. If that does not apply, then set the old drive as slave and boot up from the new drive. If XP recognises the new drive, then you will be able to copy the data across that you need.