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davidmcb

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Greetings- I have a HP Media Center PC m1050y from 2005. Now it will not fully boot up. I am happy to abandon it but there is about a month of work on the drive that I would like to get. The drive is SATA, and it seems to spin up fine, so I think it is good. My question is what is easiest way to connect this SATA drive to another machine and transfer the data? The perfect solution would be an SATA to USB conversion interface which I do see advertised. Will one of these devices allow me to connect the extracted SATA drive into a USB port on a new machine, see the file system (WINXP) and copy data off? Any guidance or warnings? Thx, david
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cptnshakenbake

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A SATA to USB conversion interface will work. When using this type of connection it basically turns the drive into an external drive. You may need to change a jumper on the drive but that will be included in the instructions of the interface. Once you plug the drive into the new computer via USB you will be able to access the folders/files that are on the drive and transfer them to the new computer.
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Thank you! Just quick follow up to insure I understand. When I make the connection, will the SATA drive appear under MY COMPUTER as a drive? Thanks very much!
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That is correct. Under my computer you will see it the same way you would if you plugged in a flash drive.
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Thank you for previous help on this. I was able to see the derelict drive from an old computer. This week I will receive a new Windows 7 laptop (Asus Zenbook UX31E-DH72 13.3" Ultrabook Notebook, Intel Core i7-2677M Processor, 4GB RAM, 256GB Solid State Drive, Bluetooth, Windows 7 Home Premium). I understand that W7 has a transfer files utility. My question is, will this utility work as expected when I am viewing the drive on my dead system across this SATA to USB connection? Anything to watch out for?

Thanks very much!
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I wouldn't worry about the Windows 7 Transfer Help... just use the USB to SATA connector and browse the old drive and copy files over manually. i.e. Docs, Pics, Video, Music, Favorites.

On XP, Click Drive on My Computer (D or E possibly), Click Documents and Settings, Click User Name, Voila!

Hope this helps :thumbsup:
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