Moving files from hard drive to external hard drive

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I am trying to move my files from the hard drive I removed from my old computer to the external hard drive. I want to be able to view the files before moving. Thanks
 
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You might want to look at purchasing something like this adapter, which will allow you to connect the HDD to a PC and browse the files via a USB connection.
 

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This is what I purchased...

Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 Adapter Supports 2.5-Inch, 3.5-Inch, 5.25-Inch Hard Disk Drives (Black)
 

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Ok I plugged everything in. I went to the files on the recovery drive which I'm assuming is the original hard drive and started clicking around. I am not even sure where to find the original files??
 
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If you click on the drive and see its root directory, find the Users folder and double-click on there. Look for the account name you used and then double-click on that. It should show you a list of folders such as My Documents, My Music, My Videos, Desktop, etc. I would advise checking in these for your files.
 

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Ok thx. I'll try that and let you know. Probably won't be until this weekend
 

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I looked under user and double clicked on each folder and they we're all empty. I feel like I'm missing something
 

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I think just one. I'm going to double check again tomorrow. Stay tuned. Thanks
 

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Ok under users there's a default folder and public folder. After clicking on each one, it drops down to other folders like desktop, documents, downloads, etc. Each of those are empty
 

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On the original computer. Go to file explorer and right click on Documents folder, select Properties and note the Target location for the proper user account location. Then go to that user account and copy and paste it to the external drive.
 

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The original computer is no longer functional. The motherboard got fried during a power outage. That's why I removed the hard drive and bought an external hard drive
 

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okay you should be able do the same from file explorer on the old hard drive.
 
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Ok under users there's a default folder and public folder. After clicking on each one, it drops down to other folders like desktop, documents, downloads, etc. Each of those are empty
These are common on each Windows PC. However, if there's no specific named user in the Users folder, I'm guessing it was deleted before the HDD was removed.
 
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