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

18 Aug 2013   #21

Windows 7 Home Premium

Sorry it's been a while. It's been busy here and finally had time to sit down and try to install the hard drive into the other computer. The old hard drive was in a casing that snapped into the tower unit sideways. With the adapter in that casing doesn't fit all the way. So in order to use it I'd have to loosely set it on the bottom of the tower unit and be very careful about when I move the unit. Not sure what else I'd do to protect it or get it safely attached to the computer.

The other problem I have is not sure I have it set up right. I've taken pictures and maybe someone can tell me if it's hooked up right. I had to use the SATA wire from the old computer and use it with the computer I'm trying to get the hard drive to install into.

PHoto 1: How it's hooked up

The grey IDE cable is from the DVD drive on the computer and goes into the IDE slot.

The red cable with the black is the SATA hard drive. The white connector with the colored cables was the adaptor that came with it and it hooked from the P5 connector onto the adapter. There were no settings on the SATA drive for master/slave etc. So that was not set.

Here is where it would lay on the bottom of the computer tower:

It would lay flat but not be attached in any way. This may sound bad but could I put packing tape over it to secure it to the bottom of the tower unit??

Here's the new hard drive with the info on the front:

Also it says to hook up the hard drive light connector. But can't find that on the computer as it's hooked into the front and can't get it off. Not sure if that adapter is for that?

I know so many questions.


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18 Aug 2013   #22

Win 7 Professional 64bit

If you do put the drive inside in the manner you suggest it will not get much air and will probably overheat. But if you go ahead with doing that then use thermal adhesive tape, packing/duct tape etc could melt or get brittle, or worse yet -- catch fire.

If your main priority is to get at the data on that IDE drive, then get an IDE/USB 2.0 3.5" enclosure, put the disk in it and plug it in to your laptop and copy data to it. You could then use the IDE in the enclosure as a place to which to do backups of the data you have on your laptop.

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18 Aug 2013   #23

Windows 7 Home Premium

Well in the back there were two bays that I must have removed and are open inside the tower unit. So it has openings where plenty of air can get in.

If I find an IDE/USP 2.0 3.5 enclosure will transfering data be slow or will it be just as fast as using it hooked up to a computer?

What about a hard drive dock? Are those good too?

Just thinking of my options. Thanks!

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18 Aug 2013   #24

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64

To my knowledge no IDE style docks available. Try this little gem !
Ultra USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Cable for 2.5-Inch/ 3.5-Inch / 5.25-Inch Drive with Power Adapter at

Oh and that rig needs to be cleaned with compressed air badly !
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 How do I install a newer hard drive to an older computer?

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