Alternatively, if you have a USB memory stick you could simply plug it into the PC and drag the data files onto it. I assume it is data files you're interested in - there will be probably be nothing else of real interest on the drive.
"Is a crossover cable just an Ethernet cable with the same connector at each end ?"
If you hold the two ends of a crossover cable side by side, with the plastic tabs facing away from you, you'll see that the coloured wire at pin number 1 (on the extreme left) of one end of the cable becomes the third coloured wire (pin number3) at the other end of the cable.
Sorry for the delay.
I went to my village PC shop to see if I could obtain a Crossover cable, he asked what I going to do with the cable, when I explained he said "I wouldn't bother it will be a pain in the backside trying to do that with a Windows 98 pc to Windows 10 laptop,and you may also have problems putting it in a enclosure" he said he had some kind of connection cable I could use(borrow)to do the job. After removing the HD then connecting to my laptop I could move the documents ect to my laptop. So theirs something for buying local which I have tried to do in the past ,even when it is a little bit more cash sometimes. Thank you all for your help/advice.
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