Since all I needed were the files, I put the drive into an USB 2.0 drive housing and then copied what I needed over from the external to the internal.
I was checking out the thread from "SATA and IDE Drives in Harmony", and I need a bit of clarification and help.
I'm building a new system (going from a older P4 to the new Athlon X2 64). I have a brand new Western Digital Caviar 320 Gig SATA drive which I will be installing in my system. Anyway I have two IDE drives (both Maxtor) a 200 gig (which the operating systems is on) and a 80 gig which is the slave drive) from the older system. The drives are partitioned off into three drive letters: C @ 98.4 GB; D @ 75.8 GB; and E @ 98.4 GB. (I used Partition Magic V.8.05 for the format of the 2 drives) I will install a fresh copy of Windows on the SATA drive for a clean install. All I want to do is to pull off my information like music and videos, and etc from the two IDE drives, instead of trying to copy and burn everything on discs. I won't be using these drives afterwards. (I'll probably get another SATA drive in the near future. I will probably want to format the Western Digital drive into 3 sectors of about 100 GB apiece. I will probably use the Windows utility on setup to partition the new drive. I picked that number because I think that I will lose some space due to the formatting and the Windows install. The motherboard I have is the ASUS M2NPV-VM Socket AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6150 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard This board has 2 IDE Connectors and 4 SATA connectors. I have a 500 watt PSU with 2 Sony burners (1 Dual layer DVD drive) on the other IDE channel
What is the best way of doing all of this, so I won't have any hassle and conflicts between the SATA and IDE drives. and how do I transfer all of the stuff off the two drives onto the SATA drive?