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05-23-2014 10:27 AM
My XP tower is no longer working but there is some information on the hard drive that I would like to retrieve, my present
PC uses Windows 7 operating system. Can my old hard drive be installed into the new HP without ruining the new
computer or the old hard drive ?
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05-23-2014 01:43 PM - edited 05-23-2014 01:53 PM
Yes, this assumes that the old XP hard drives is healthy.
You may use a USB external hard rive caddy for the old drive or you can directly connect it through the SATA port on you MoBo on you new computer. 99% of the time there will be extra power connections from the power supply on your new machine to power the old drive.
All this assumes that the old drive is SATA interface _ it may be IDE, in which case you would need an adapter to hook it directly to the new computers MoBo.
I don't believe there are any IDE USB external hard drive caddies, although you may want to check to be sure.
The one on top is SATA and the bottom is IDE.
05-23-2014 03:44 PM - edited 05-23-2014 03:49 PM
On the XP drive you'll find your stuff under users and what ever you user name is.
All your files should be there.
You'll get a pop up window somewhere along the way asking for permission.
This is the one I use _ USB 3 is what you want. Your new machine probably has some USB 3 ports, they're blue.
05-31-2014 10:29 AM
I bought a SATA adapter and hooked it up to my 3.5" hard drive. My computer recognized the hard drive and let me access the
documents and settings folder, I opened the users folder but when I tried to open (my name) I was denined access. It wants
some information that I'm not familiar with so I can't get into the folder in my old hard drive where the information I want is
stored. I'm at an impasse at this point. Just smart enough to get the door open but not smart enough to go inside......
05-31-2014 10:51 AM
Right click on the folder name, and select the share tab. You need to likely select Home group Read/Write.
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05-31-2014 11:03 AM
Thank you for this new information, I will have to get all the cables and what not hooked up to the hard drive again before I can
try your new suggestion, I will be sure to update our conversation.....Thanks again
05-31-2014 12:45 PM
Okay, I hooked everything back up and tried right clicking the folder and selected the share tab, the advisory message told me
to wait as it would take a few minutes, after several minutes I got another message that says it can't share my information with
me because I'm not authorized. My question is, who is authorized to view the information on the hard drive that used to be in
my old computer?
05-31-2014 04:13 PM
I don't have allot of experience with XP, but what I can do is pull the drive at work and hook it up to a W7 machine like you're doing.
At least then I'll have some idea what may be going on.
If you had a pass word on your old XP machine that may be what's giving you the trouble _ just a guess.
If that's the case I wouldn't know how to get around that.
Maybe wb2001 may have some more suggestions.
05-31-2014 04:40 PM
Hello Mr. Cat;
I didn't have a password on my old XP so that's not the problem, I can penetrate down about 2 folders but when I get to the one
with my name on it that's when my new computer stops me. I just need to be more of a hacker I guess instead of an old novice.
I'll wait until you try to duplcate this lash up and see what you come up with.