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How to connect used hard drive as second hard drive and retrieve files from it?

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My friend's computer broke down. So I took out the hard drive from her computer. The hard drive is Seagate ST32111A and it's originally run under Windows 98. My question is, how could I connect this hard drive to a computer and retrieve files from it? I tried to connect as second hard drive on a Dell Windows XP computer but it failed completely.

Your solution is greatly appreciated.

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A secondary drive should be connected to the secondary IDE channel or as a slave on the primary IDE channel. For rescue purposes it may be a good idea to remove the devices that may be on the secondary IDE and hook up the hard drive alone on that channel.

If you have to use  a channel with another device, you must check jumpering so that there is only one master and one slave on the  same channel or, if applicable here, both are jumpered for Cable Select. Avoid using the primary channel if possible, as a jumpering problem will cause a no-boot situation very likely.

Make sure that the computer BIOS is set to autodetect IDE devices and that the "new" HD is indeed detected.

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If you are putting the drives on the same IDE cable you need to set the jumpers on the Seagate HD to slave and the Dell HD to master. However you could also remove the drives from the secondary IDE cable and put the Seagate drive on that.
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Sorry rid, You hit enter before me.

Another option would be to get a USB HD enclosure.
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Can I see the Hard drive and the files as well after I connect the Secondary IDE channel? Is there anything to do with Operating System?
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You should be able to pull whatever files from that drive to the other drive either through windows explorer or simply copy and paste.
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Windows should be able to use any hard drive found by the BIOS on any IDE channel, as long as it has a file system that windows can understand. The problem with using the primary channel is that a boot conflict may occur, if there is a master/slave confusion with the ordinary hard drive. Don't mess with the working system if you can avoid it.
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Thanks Rid & Crazijoe
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