My PC (XP Pro) has "died" again and am fed up with sending it back to suppliers - constant trouble for four years now. I have ordered a new PC (windows XP Professional) but the old machine has 2 160 Mb disks 1 of which has OS and data in the form of Pictures and a 2nd slave which has data in the form of music. Is there a way to retrieve this data? I also have a 300 Gb external hard drive USB which I use to copy important data to.
I'm not a hardware expert but have been looking at USB 2 "disk caddies" - is it an option to install one of these with one of the disk drives out of my old machine and retrieve the data. Any other suggestions would also be welcome.
Thanks for reassurances re disk caddies. I've looked at some on internet but they all seem to refer to 2.5 inch drives. My drives are internal hard disks (IDE) from a desk top machine and the pictures seem to be of very slim devices. What description should I look for?
Woodchip says "Drive jumper as to be set to MASTER" - please elaborate where and how.
I'd like to be confident that I'm doing the right thing before trying to buy one of these things.
Thanks for all the help folks. You make it all sound so simple. I'll wait for my new PC to arrive and then choose a caddy. My new machine will have 1500 GB SATA drive (plus 3 yr warranty) so I'm not going to change anything internally - but once I've retrieved the data I can use the disks for copying (backing up) data files from my son's laptop (yet to be purchased)
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