What do you call the hardware that tranfers data from an old hard drive to the drive thats in the computer?
Question: I went onto ebay and I saw what I think is what I want but it looked like they were for just notebooks, not a regular desktop. I have a drive from an old computer, and I need to get some data from that drive onto the drive inside my current computer.
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Your computer most likely has a spare hard drive bay and connector where you could connect that old hard drive internally to your current computer. The most you'll really have to do is check that the jumper settings (the set of pins on the drive that have a small plastic jumper over two of them) on the drive correspond to the settings on your current computer's drive. If the current drive has the "Master" pins set, the old drive should have the "Slave" pins set. If the current drive has "Cable Select" set, so should the old drive. Unless you're doing such things often, I wouldn't recommend buying a USB drive adapter in your case. But, if you are, the link below is one I could recommend.
I could think of a few ways around this, although they are a pain in the ****. You could get a high storage USB thumb drive and transfer the files through another windows 7 computer. You could track down a Windows 7 OS disc and install windows 7 to your new computer, therefore bypassing the need to reformat your HD. You could also try e-maling the files and retrieving them on the new computer, but that's the absolute last resort (since I'm assuming that it's more than 200 MB of data, and would take hours to e-mail to yourself.) I can't think of anything free, but look for deals on eBay and craigslist, and you may be able to get either a large capacity USB drive (250-500GB) or a Windows 7 disc for cheaper than you would've originally thought. Hope that helped! P.S. I spelled "A.R.S.E." to avoid censorship, but for some reason that word's just too extreme for the internet.
Get an external hard drive case and put your old drive in it. It connects to your new computer vis USB cable. That way you can transfer your data back and forth from internal to external drives easily. Then format your old drive and use it for an external backup drive.
Well hopefully if you just plug the old drive in the new system it will be recognized and you can then take the data off it. Unless the drive is using a file system which windows 7 doesn't recognize then you may well have to move the data onto another source such as online storage (google drive), a pen drive and transfer the data that way. If the drive is in NTFS then you can just plug it into your new system. I'm not sure whether windows 7 recognizes Fat16 or Fat32 but I doubt your old system is that old? Or if its a Mac or Linux using another file system then your back to the online storage or pen drives etc... Oh and I would only start transferring your data once your anti virus is installed on the new system in order to avoid any cross contamination! Hope that helps?
ok if IDE then make it slave drive pop it in the new machine and transfer the data If laptop get ide converter / drive mount kit for 2.5' drive to 5 1/4" bay mount kit ..then make it a slave and pop it into new machine as slave and transfer data.
First you clone your current drive to the target drive. Also known as imaging. This can be nicely done with a program like Norton Ghost, it makes flawless copies. In order to do this you need to install both drives in the same system. Now here is the catch. Unless your MoBo supports SATA devices you are limited to IDE devices. I'm going to assume IDE. Find a device of the available capacities. Check out the how to link. You want the target drive as the secondary. Clone the primary(boot) drive. When done. Remove primary. Set up secondary as primary. Boot your done. You may have to expand the primary drive to full capacity with a partition manipulator.
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