Obtaining files from old hard drive (different OS)

By jefe
Mar 11, 2007
  1. I have an old tower that I am not able to boot up, but I have a document I need to get off the hard drive.
    Can I pull the drive out of the tower and install in my current PC? If so, will have to reformat the drive (NT) to my current OS (XP)?
    The most important thing is the document, I am not concerned with using the drive as a slave in my new machine.
    Thanks in advance!
  2. chamillitarysk8

    chamillitarysk8 TS Booster Posts: 128

    just pop it in as a slave and it should work if not then hook it up as the main and install xp on but change the windows folder to windows1
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,477   +126

    No format you're just pulling off a file...
  4. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

    better yet- get a USB to IDE adapter and plug in in as an external drive. That way you don't have to fool around inside the case. No muss - no fuss.
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