Seeking advice and warnings ! - VERY old hard disk drive - Need to access it - Can I handle it like a modern disk drive?
Posted on 2006-11-05
My friend was warned.
She was still using her Swan (brand name) 386SX PC - with it's 5.25" floppy disk drive (and hard disk). She never made any backups. She DOES have a lot of important information on the hard disk.
Yesterday, she began getting messages about a "dead battery". She can't boot.
I opened the box to find (and replace) the battery. I couldn't find it! I am used to seeing a round, silver thing. I saw nothing of the kind. I have the User's Guide. I can't find the battery in it.
We've decided to remove the hard disk and save the data to CDs, etc.
I DON'T WANT TO BLOW IT !!!!!
If you were doing this job, what would you be careful about?
I've thought I would remove the drive, after discharging myself, and put it in a MacAlly USB 2.0 enclosure.
I've also thought I would remove it and plug it into one of my PCs as a second drive (D: or E:).
IMPORTANT: Is a "disk drive a disk drive". In other words, can I use this old 5MB? disk drive the way I use modern ones, or do things work differently with old disk drives? The cables on the back look normal, like IDE.
Your thoughts, warnings, suggestions will be appreciated.