Getting files from old HD's

By SenateKT
Dec 18, 2007
  1. I have two old computers in which I have parted out everything but the hard drives. These computers are pretty old running windows 95 and 98. I have both the ATA hard drives from these computers but not the computers that went along with them. I would like to explore the files on the old hard drives how can I do this?
  2. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    either buy a usb external device or put them in u're computer as the second hard drive and u can explore them all u want.
  3. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 363

    Scan them for Viruses / Spyware before opening any files though....
  4. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    All you need to do if you only have 1 hard drive now,is connect the old
    ones to your IDE cables set as 1st slave and 2nd master.
    Most computers accept 4 ATA IDE hard drives.
    You need a case with room or do 1 at a time a (mid Tower) should do this.
    Read your motherboard manuals (connecting drives) section.
    Set the jumpers to match.They should be readable in My Computer.
    The drive letters don't matter.The drive icons will ID them to look like C:
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