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Windows 7: How do I install a newer hard drive to an older computer?

29 Jul 2013   #11
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Maybe this adapter is what you want, I have one and it's great.

VANTEC CB-ISA100-U3 Adapter - Newegg.com


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30 Jul 2013   #12
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

If you wanted to connect the IDE drive to the laptop (the working device) to copy off data, the second link in the first DocBrown's post is what you are looking for (the same link is also here for convenience). Of course you would need to power up your tower PC just to provide power to the drive trough a molex (power) connector, but the IDE interface of the drive is attached to that device in the link, that turns it in an external hard drive for whatever PC you plug the usb cable into.
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30 Jul 2013   #13
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mizmelzy View Post
The only computer I have that is bootable is my laptop. Otherwise I don't have anything else. I figure I'll give it a try and see if the adapter works. If it doesn't, I'm not sure how I'll get the information off the drive. Don't have a lot of money or I'd have gotten the HDD docking station which might have been the easiest to get the information off of.

Hopefully this will work! If not, I'll be back.

Mel
Hmm Melissa if you set the BIOS to boot from optical the Ubuntu has to boot if everything else is unplugged you have nothing to lose by trying it. Not only can you access those drives if you hook them afterwards but also the internet for help etc.
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30 Jul 2013   #14
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

There's still something missing from the equation. If Melissa connects her hard drive to the tower with the adapter and uses a Live Ubuntu CD to boot the machine and is able to access the drive and get the data she needs, where will she be able to copy the data to? She still needs someplace to copy the data to and store it until she is able to fix her computer or get a new one.

She could use a USB thumb drive providing it's large enough to hold all the data. Another possibility is to burn the data to a CD.
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31 Jul 2013   #15
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
There's still something missing from the equation. If Melissa connects her hard drive to the tower with the adapter and uses a Live Ubuntu CD to boot the machine and is able to access the drive and get the data she needs, where will she be able to copy the data to? She still needs someplace to copy the data to and store it until she is able to fix her computer or get a new one.

She could use a USB thumb drive providing it's large enough to hold all the data. Another possibility is to burn the data to a CD.
Yep she can transfer it via a USB to a large stick or a USB connected external drive as all are picked up by Ubuntu
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31 Jul 2013   #16
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
don't waste your money connecting an OLD SLOW IDE drive to USB3 -- You are better off just getting the data off it (one time) and then throwing it away -- decent HDD's are really cheap now --using slow HDD's in a computer will waste any of the fast processor speed and other features of your new MOBO / computer. You can use a USB2 connection -- plenty of IDE (plus power) ==>USB2 adapters for very little money.

The only exception I'd make for keeping it rather than throwing it away is if the old HDD has a largish capacity (at least 320 GB) and you've basically got fairly static data like Music / video etc on it then access times aren't particularly important or you could use it for future backups.

BTW if your new MOBO doesn't have any USB3 slots it's NOT WORTH buying USB3 cards - - usually these are Pci-e express cards and the speed of these are far far slower than USB3. You'll get better performance just plugging a USB3 device into a standard USB2 slot. !!!!

Cheers
jimbo
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04 Aug 2013   #17
Mizmelzy

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

The hard drive I'm using is a SATA hard drive, and using it in an older pentium 4 computer which had an older IDE hard drive. I have the converter and am attempting to try it. But I have to jumper it correctly. It says to set the jumper to master. But it doesn't say what that setting is or show it by picture. So I'm unsure what master setting is.

Here is the manual if anyone can help me figure it out. I don't want to set it wrong and end up destryong the converter. The guy at the PC place said it was important to set it right or you could damage it.

The tower computer that I'm putting the drive into is this one:

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/specs/PCVRX752_sp.pdf

It also says in the instructions to connect 2pin header to HDD LED indicator in the front panel. But I do not have one or it is not accessible for me.

Not sure what to do there.

Any help is appreciated!

Mel
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04 Aug 2013   #18
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

You need to jumper the hard drive as a Master, in order to help you with that we would need to know the manufacturer and model number of the drive. Many drives have a diagram on the drive to show which pins to jumper for master.
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04 Aug 2013   #19
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

You can forgo the 2 pin header. Just try the adapter the way it came and what is telling you to set the jumper settings to to master as sata HDD's don't have the jumpers that the old IDE style drives did? To me it's referring to running optical drives where you could have two and one would be master and the second on the ribbon the slave and this just doesn't apply plus it's wire and pins are different. Some pictures of the connections, inside the computer and the adapter would be helpful.
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05 Aug 2013   #20
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

If it is a two-way converter (is it the oone Docbrown linked?), the "set the HDD to master" was valid in case the converter was used to plug a IDE drive in a SATA mobo port.

The other way around makes no sense. SATA HDDs cannot be set as master or slave, their pins (if they have pins) are used for other stuff like SATA I/II/III speed selection.

The 2-pin header for the front panel led can be safely ignored. All it does is making the front panel led blink according to HDD activity. Works fine even without.

All SATA-to-IDE converters I used were pretty much plug and forget. If it is indeed a two-way converter, I would go ahead and mount it.
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