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I need to to read an important drive from my dead computer, with a computer I'm building right now. Its an IDE and was formatted with XP.. I think maybe FAT32? I don't remember. I need to know how to read it so I can rescue the data on it. So much important stuff!!! I need to get that information back.

I've seen external drive enclosures, usb converters, and docking stations. Does it matter if it was formatted with XP? Are these gadgets only supported by 7 or 8? Do I need XP to read an XP disk? Someone just told me to the extent that 8 isn't supported as much as 7 right now. Can I even read an XP drive with 7 or 8?

The irony is, I was getting ready to order a hard drive to back up all this stuff. I was actually getting it all organized and ready to back up right before this happened!

I asked about this as a side note in another thread, but this is really important to me and I want to learn all I can so I can rescue all that data.

Another thing is, I think it had a virus or something. My virus software had just run out and I was shopping for another one. I tried a few free things while I was shopping but nothing was finding anything. If I did have something it must have been really deep in there. If I back up that drive, will the virus spread somehow? If the drive is messed up I don't want to stress it out by scanning it.
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If it is formatted with a file system that was once on Windows, then any version of Windows that is the same or greater than it will be able to read the disk just fine. If it was a boot drive for Windows XP, then it was almost certainly formatted with NTFS. Otherwise, Windows still supports FAT32 if that is the case. Even a modern Linux distro will be able to read both NTFS and FAT32.

Windows 8 retains the same compatibility as Windows 7 and previous versions. Whoever did say that Windows 8 is not supported as much as Windows 7 is incorrect. In fact, Windows 8 introduces out of the box compatibility for even more hardware.

Additionally, any method you wish can be used to connect the drive to the computer you wish to read it on. I would advise against USB converters though and opt for a docking station or drive enclosure.

Don't worry about anything on the drive infecting the host machine - you'll be fine. Simply don't open anything on it - just get the data you need and get out. If the data is things like Word Documents which can potentially be infected, be sure to scan those once they are recovered.
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Having one of these on hand would do the trick and also works for SATA drives as well.
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Yeah I was looking at that and the other versions of it by Vantec and Rosewill last night. The Vantec looks really cheap though, if you look closely at the picture its plastic casing isn't even aligned right. Are these things reliable? I don't want a cheap gadget shorting out my drive. frown.gif

Believe it or not, my next door neighbor works for Cables To Go and her boss is about 4 houses down from us too. biggrin.gif


So what about the virus? I'm pretty sure that drive has one. I received a few files from someone and I'm wondering if I got it from them.
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The cheaper the adapter is, the cheaper it will be built. I've come across some of the cheaper ones and the build quality can make you cry - especially of the AC adapter. I'd be OK with RoseWill ones.

If there is a virus in there, you'd only get infected from it if you ran EXEs or other program files.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by FastMHz View Post

Having one of these on hand would do the trick and also works for SATA drives as well.

this ^

I don't recommend docks they are too costly and do the same thing anyway and if your only going to use it maybe once a year no point in buying a bulky dock
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Originally Posted by FastMHz View Post

The cheaper the adapter is, the cheaper it will be built. I've come across some of the cheaper ones and the build quality can make you cry - especially of the AC adapter. I'd be OK with RoseWill ones.

If there is a virus in there, you'd only get infected from it if you ran EXEs or other program files.

Yeah, that's what I figured. And I thought viruses worked that way, but I'm panicking too much to think straight. lol
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this ^

I don't recommend docks they are too costly and do the same thing anyway and if your only going to use it maybe once a year no point in buying a bulky dock

And yeah I'm not getting a dock. Too bulky, and drives overheat in them because plastic is an insulator. I'd rather use an IDE adapter with a loose drive cage or an aluminum drive enclosure so the drive doesn't toast it self.
Edited by Drahadis - 11/27/13 at 1:02pm
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I just posted this in my windows thread, but I'm going to post it here too. Looks like these two threads are linked now.
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Hmmm... I need to read an IDE drive and this one says it supports Win 7, but nothing about 8 or XP. Hmmmmm. Is it just a marketing ploy or does it not actually support 8?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812119244&Tpk=N82E16812119244
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It will work.
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