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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by gorper999, Nov 27, 2012.

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  1. gorper999

    gorper999 Thread Starter

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    I have the HD from my old XP Computer.I now have a new Win7.What do I have to purchase to view my old HD on the new computer?I do not want to transfer any files.
     
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    So I will need the adapter and the enclosure,or do they come together?
     
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    If the new computer is a desktop you may be able to connect the old hard drive inside it's case.

    We will need to know what motherboard is in the desktop as well as the new drive type, IDE/PATA or SATA, as already asked by C141.
     
  5. C141

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    Simply purchase one or the other. Either the adapter or an enclosure. The adapter option allows hooking up without the need of an enclosure. Either one will come with everything you'll need.

    And, like Managed said, you might also have the option of connecting the old hard drive inside your case.

    You need to reply back with the info Managed requested.
     
  6. gorper999

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    My new unit has SATA,my old one was a Dell desktop.How do I determine kind?My new one is AMD Processor.
     
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    Open it up and look. The processor doesn't matter. All that matters is how the drive is connected. If it's a big, wide cable, that's PATA. If it's a a little skinny connector, it's SATA.
     
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    Or look at the actual drives, this pic is for laptop drives but the larger desktop drive connectors look very similar.

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