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hard drive recovery

hi, I don't know much about hard drives, I have an old hard drive out of a Compaq computer, what do I need to get the files off it

Seagate st34572w

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Won't be cheap. Why? SCSI

SCSI to folk today is well, how to put this nicely? Too hard for them. You'll need the SCSI controller, cables, and maybe the SCSI terminator.

How to setup SCSI is on the web so I will not duplicate that here.

If this was mine I'd look back in the Compaq to see if the controller, cables and terminator for use in another desktop to get the data out.

That's under 5GB of a HDD so I'll have some 8GB USB memory stick handy as I boot up a Linux OS to copy the files off in one last boot.

No Linux knowledge required. Read http://tips.oncomputers.info/archives2004/0401/2004-Jan-11.htm

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Some reading
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My take away.

"Are you looking for a SCSI to USB solution? Or a way to connect your SCSI hard drive to your laptop? If so, those type of solutions aren't really available any longer"

I know SCSI as I set up too many over the years. Sometime about 2010 I gave way my remaining collection of anything SCSI for free and never had a need or call for such since.

Can you say dead technology? (I knew you could.)

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Yup

I would not have it but the op does.

So it looks like around 60 bucks for the card and cable.

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Don't forget the termination.

It varies with the system and drives. Drives old IT staff insane at times.

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Terminator

Looks like it comes with the cable.

It was not only scsi but other types of interfaces needed one of those things.

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