Connecting old disk drive

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lacroixl - Nov 20, 2009 at 01:35 PM
xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 - Nov 20, 2009 at 02:04 PM
Hello,

To connect the failed hard disk to the new computer, do I:

1) need a special wire
2) or do I need to open the new computer and insert the old disk drive into it.

Thanks

Lise

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xpcman Posts 19532 Registration date Wednesday October 8, 2008 Status Contributor Last seen June 15, 2019 1,830
Nov 20, 2009 at 02:04 PM
YES and NO. It depends on your hardware in the new PC and the old hard drive type.
1. a new PC probably has SATA hard drives ( with a small connector wire)
2. older PCs used IDE hard drives (with a wide ribbon connector cable)
3. the old hard drive is from a laptop - you need an adapter to convert the HD to a portable
4. the new PC is a laptop the old drive from a desktop - you need an adapter with its own power supply

If the old drive is a SATA drive you should be able to plug it into the motherboard on the new PC using the cable from the old PC. Most motherboards have extra unused SATA sockets.

Some if not all newer motherboards have 1 IDE connector that may be used for the CD/DVD drive. That cable may have an extra connector for your IDE hard drive. You will need to change the jumper on the hard drive to "secondary" since the optical drive is probably the "primary". If there is no extra connector on the cable you can either use one from the old PC or buy a new cable.

Some MBs have a extra or unused IDE connector - then you can use the cable from the old PC with the old drive and not need to worry about jumpers.

Good Luck
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