My old PC died a while back.
It was running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit installed over the top of a Vista x64 OS (on a 2006 machine).
Anyway, I started having problems with the PC overheating and crashing, did the new heat sync paste thing but it got worse and never booted up again since.
I have been using my laptop since then... Win 7 Home Premium x64 and I want to retrieve all my lost data from my old PC HD. I have a few questions as it's something I have read about but don't fully understand.
1. What happens when I plug in an old HDD with an OS installed on it? Will I be attempting to boot from that and thus open the old copy of windows to get to my files? Or can I plug and play and access the files like using an external storage drive? And if I can use it like an ext hdd what about the fact that the old HDD would have had a password to open Windows, if it does let me access the files, will all the files be password protected meaning I would have to start assigning permissions and so on in the security settings for every file?
2. I am guessing that I can't just take out the old hdd and plug in a sata/usb from the hdd to my laptop. But why is that? Is it because I need a power source for the HDD? And is that what an enclosure is for?
3. If I just need a power source can I simply leave the HDD in position in the old computer case and run a sata cable with USB at the other end to my laptop instead of to the old computer's mother board? And if not, why will this not work?
Hope you can advise me!