First-I'm over my head here, so explain like I'm a 3 year old
Next-I have made a real effort to research this on my own (here and other places) and I'm still over my head, so here's the story:
my old laptop quit suddenly and the hard drive made lots of nasty clicking noises; the laptop will power up but does not see the IDE. Message "Operating System not Found" the recovery disks do not help anything.
now I have a shiny new HP Vista laptop.
as best I can discover thru research, the only way I MAY be able to recover files is to ghost or image the old hard drive. i've downloaded Runtime's DriveImage software.
So I have hooked up the old IDE (hard drive) to my new computer with an IDE to USB cable.
now i'm lost... new laptop does not see the drive and I don't know how to "slave" it
that's my sad story...be gentle with me.