Computer Help forum

Question

How to retrieve data from old internal hard drives

I am a relative novice to computing but I have two old hard drives of my partners & I need to confirm if any or no data is on them before recycling the old PC's. I no longer have leads & monitors which are able to be connected.
First is a Samsung SP0411N 40 GB. What sort of cable do I need to connect this to a USB port on our current PC? HP Pavilion 500 PC Series.
Second is a Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 80 GB. I already have a cable that plugs into HD & it has two USB leads on it as well. I have plugged this into our PC with the USB plugs in the appropriate ports (as per the icons on the plugs) but cannot find a new drive in file explorer where I assumed it would appear. Can anyone steer me in the right direction to access this drive? In simple lay mans language please Cry

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: How to retrieve data from old internal hard drives
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: How to retrieve data from old internal hard drives
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Answer
Here ya go

In reply to: How to retrieve data from old internal hard drives

Collapse -
Thanks Bob_B

In reply to: Here ya go

I will get one of these & give it a go. Does this cable get power via the USB port or do I need another cable to plug into the four power pins on the other side of the HD??

Collapse -
Power

In reply to: Thanks Bob_B

The kit will come with everything you need.
No usb power required.

Collapse -
Answer
Judging by the size of the drives

In reply to: How to retrieve data from old internal hard drives

Popular Forums

icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

SMART HOME

This one tip will help you sleep better tonight

A few seconds are all you need to get a better night's rest.