Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/182452/how-to-get-data-off-an-old-hard-drive-without-putting-it-in-a-pc/
You saved an old hard drive (or three) from previous computers and now you’d like to get at the data on them. Is there an easy way to access the data without cracking open your current computer and mounting the hard drives inside?
Surprised you didn't explain that they may have to Take Ownership on old NTFS drives. You have a great article on that, so you should add a link to it.
Good call, Richard. I'll update the article to cover that topic for those unfamiliar with the process.
Good write-up. I use a VERY similar product by Kingwin - but otherwise looks identical - at work. We've had pretty good luck on recovering data for people who seem allergic to network shares in our office.
This is a very informative article. I have, in the past, bought drive enclosures to make old drives into external and portable ones. I recently bought an enclosure for a CD/DVD burner that was IDE and converted it into SATA. Sabrent made this enclosure also, but no longer do. Can this product be used with CD/DVD burners to make them external?
In all likelihood it probably is the same. I've seen models without the Sabrent branding that looks absolutely identical. They're probably all made in the same factory.
The product documentation indicates that it can, in fact, be used to mount IDE/SATA-based optical drives.
Since the power and data interfaces are the same, I'd be surprised if they couldn't work. I haven't tried it, though.
I ordered one. I will let you know if it works as it has by putting the
CD/DVD drive in an enclosure.
Is there a similar method/hdwr to do the same to really, really old drives?
Now if only I could find one of these that worked with my old MFM and RLL Drives
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