Windows 10: Can old hard drive contents be viewed on new computer?

Discus and support Can old hard drive contents be viewed on new computer? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; I have a hard drive from a laptop that became unusable several years ago. The display gave out, but the HDD was fine, so I removed it and kept it. Now... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by Delly10, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. Delly10 Win User

    Can old hard drive contents be viewed on new computer?


    I have a hard drive from a laptop that became unusable several years ago. The display gave out, but the HDD was fine, so I removed it and kept it. Now I purchased a hard drive enclosure to be able to use it with my current laptop as a backup external hard drive to back up my computer. I'll have to wait 11 days before it comes in the mail.

    I was just wondering if I'll be able to view the items on it that existed when I had my old computer. I had everything backed up when the computer stopped working, but have deleted quite a bit since then and was thinking I might want some of those items back. I had Windows 7 at the time. I'm also unsure of what my old computer's password was. My current laptop has Windows 10.

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    Delly10, Oct 14, 2019
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  2. xarzu Win User

    new system old hard drive...

    I have an old hard drive that has those old ribbon connections to transfer data to the mother board.

    I have a new computer that mostly uses those cool little ATA (I think that is what they are called) connections.

    The new computer has a Vista OS.

    I opened up the case and I was supprised to see on the motherboard a wide ribbon connection and so I connected the old hard drive and a free power connection.

    When I turned on the computer, the system started up like usual and did not notice the new hard drive.

    I went to the Control Pannel and did an automatic add hard drive call and it did not find the old hard drive.

    Any suggestions?
     
    xarzu, Oct 14, 2019
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  3. GlynParry Win User
    Old Hard drive to new hard drive

    I now have my old hard drive converted to an external drive and am wondering what is the best way to move files from the old to the new. I was thinking of booting the old drive and saving the files I want to the cloud and then downloading them to my new
    computer. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
     
    GlynParry, Oct 14, 2019
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  4. Delly10 Win User

    Can old hard drive contents be viewed on new computer?

    Can old hard drive contents be viewed on new computer?

    I have a hard drive from a laptop that became unusable several years ago. The display gave out, but the HDD was fine, so I removed it and kept it. Now I purchased a hard drive enclosure to be able to use it with my current laptop as a backup external hard drive to back up my computer. I'll have to wait 11 days before it comes in the mail.

    I was just wondering if I'll be able to view the items on it that existed when I had my old computer. I had everything backed up when the computer stopped working, but have deleted quite a bit since then and was thinking I might want some of those items back. I had Windows 7 at the time. I'm also unsure of what my old computer's password was. My current laptop has Windows 10.
     
    Delly10, Oct 14, 2019
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