But you could get your files out using a Linux distro.
I want to convert older, dead-desktop, Win 7 32-bit to external drive to use on my current Win 7 64-bit desktop. SATA. I actually only need docs and pics from the old HD; but I would gladly use the old Win 7 32-bit cuz I have very old Photoshop and Pagemaker that will not work on 64-bit (but can use in virtual XP). Am I likely to be able to run the old Win 7 32-bit on the current PC? Will having Win 7 32-bit on the old, converted HD make it impossible to access pics and docs? Thank you so much. I am really in a quandary. (The old PC has a power problem, so cannot crank it up.)