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10canyon5310canyon53 MemberPosts: 2,119 Senior Member
In the course of selling my house and moving I ran across a tower PC (eMachines) that had gone belly up years ago.  I think the operating system was Windows Vista just to give you an idea of the age.  We held onto the computer for the sole purpose of one day trying to recover the information on the two internal hard drives (one was actually from an even older computer that had gone belly-up earlier and I had installed it's hard drive in this one in an expansion slot).  We have never bought another desktop, so the easy solution was never an option.  Is there a way (some kind of connection/adapter or combination of adapters) where I could connect, power up the hard drives and transfer the data via a USB connection?

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  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,775 Senior Member
    Yes there is but why buy equipment you’ll probably never use again.  I’d bring it to Best Buy and have them download the info from the drives onto an external drive and call it good.
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,087 Senior Member
    edited July 18 #3
    I've used these with good results
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LS5NFQ2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    It basically turns an internal HD into an external HD

    And I suspect bestbuy will charge you more than the price of the adapter
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,119 Senior Member
    knitepoet said:
    I've used these with good results
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LS5NFQ2/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    It basically turns an internal HD into an external HD

    And I suspect bestbuy will charge you more than the price of the adapter

    That may be just the ticket, thanks!
  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,119 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    Yes there is but why buy equipment you’ll probably never use again.  I’d bring it to Best Buy and have them download the info from the drives onto an external drive and call it good.

    Best Buy is most definitely not touching it.  One of the hard drives came out of a computer that Best Buy condemned and  scrapped without clearing it with me first when I took it in for repair.  I had to get a hold of the store manager and threaten death and dismemberment to recover the hard drive from them.  It was a warranty replacement but they didn't bother to ask if I wanted the hard drive before scrapping the computer.  Luckily the data on it was still intact when I got it back.
  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,119 Senior Member
    edited July 18 #6
    Ok, the computer in question is actually the warranty replacement referenced in my above post.  It came with a 160 GB SATA drive, a 250 GB SATA drive and I also installed the recovered 80 GB drive from the older computer.  This one does not say SATA on it and has a different type of connector so I am not certain it will work with the adapter referenced above....although the other two should.  Any ideas for the older hard drive?  It is a Western Digital WD800 "Enhanced IDE" hard drive.  I can post pics if it will help.
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,221 Senior Member
    edited July 18 #7

    You should still be able to take the information with an enclosure that turns it into an external HD

    https://www.howtogeek.com/268249/how-to-turn-an-old-hard-drive-into-an-external-drive/


    After you move all the data, buy a cheap NEW HD with larger capacity so you can still use it as an external or just as SECONDARY backup. 
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  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,119 Senior Member
    I have a 6 TB external hard drive that I will be transferring everything to.  Based on the link you posted I was able to determine that the older drive is a 3.5" IDE and found an adapter on Amazon for $29.  Thanks!
  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,775 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    Yes there is but why buy equipment you’ll probably never use again.  I’d bring it to Best Buy and have them download the info from the drives onto an external drive and call it good.

    Best Buy is most definitely not touching it.  One of the hard drives came out of a computer that Best Buy condemned and  scrapped without clearing it with me first when I took it in for repair.  I had to get a hold of the store manager and threaten death and dismemberment to recover the hard drive from them.  It was a warranty replacement but they didn't bother to ask if I wanted the hard drive before scrapping the computer.  Luckily the data on it was still intact when I got it back.
    Well that sucks.  Our local store is really good and sometimes they do stuff for me for nothing.  I guess it depends on the local Geek Squad...
    Old West Saying: God created men, but Col. Sam Colt made them equal.

    General George Patton:  “Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.”

  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,087 Senior Member
    Glad I could help. Mine's presently sitting on top of my "tower" with a 2TB HD from my old computer in it.

    I don't trust it enough to use it as my ONLY back-up and leaving it on all the time (had 1 die on me), However, from time to time, I back up my 500GB SSHD to it for an additional back up
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,654 Senior Member
    Good advice thus far - I'll only add that you can NOT have "too many" backups!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • JKPJKP Senior Member Posts: 2,247 Senior Member
    A bit off topic, but everyone should explore cloud storage as primary or at least backup storage. Lots of good inexpensive options. 
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 23,654 Senior Member
    JKP said:
    A bit off topic, but everyone should explore cloud storage as primary or at least backup storage. Lots of good inexpensive options. 
    I wouldn't use it for primary, but its fantastic as PART of your overall backup strategy. It easy, its cheap, and its SOMEPLACE ELSE! Its really my only use of "the cloud", but an essential one.
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,148 Senior Member
    GunNut said:
    Yes there is but why buy equipment you’ll probably never use again.  I’d bring it to Best Buy and have them download the info from the drives onto an external drive and call it good.
    ^^This.
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  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,119 Senior Member
    Six-Gun said:
    GunNut said:
    Yes there is but why buy equipment you’ll probably never use again.  I’d bring it to Best Buy and have them download the info from the drives onto an external drive and call it good.
    ^^This.

    See post #5
  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,119 Senior Member
    As an update, I ordered an adapter from Amazon for $29 that will connect to both types of drives.  Had it in one day and it worked perfectly........but when I got into the drives I was reminded that when the desktop failed we had the repair shop transfer everything onto another drive and I already have it on a 1TB external drive.  Everything I wanted to keep had already been transferred and wiped off of these drives.  Oh well, I now have three more backup drives for a grand total of $29.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,087 Senior Member
    Well, glad it worked out for you
     B) 
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • PFDPFD Senior Member Posts: 1,331 Senior Member
    You'll sleep better knowing that.

    I would chalk up the $29 to getting use out of the HDs.
    That's all I got.

    Paul
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,087 Senior Member
    edited July 22 #19
    Oh, one other thing about that housing/connector, You can browse a HD that the OS has "locked"

    Say the HD has Windows OS on it, and it has a great password protecting folks from accessing it through windows.
    Pop that HD out of the base machine, drop it in the adapter attached to your machine and browse all the files on that HD.

    As my IT geek stepson put it, There's not a lot of security if you have physical access to the HD.
    He's also the one that pointed out, the BEST way to remove data on an old drive you're disposing of, is physical damage.

    He had to "securely" dispose of a HUGE stack of old HDs, We spent a day taking them apart and removing the super strong HD magnets. To get all of them required removing the actual disc inside by breaking or bending. There's no recovering from that  B)
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


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