Our old PC finally died a slow, agonizing death. So we replaced it with a new PC, which has an S-ATA hard drive. We need to retrieve the data from the old IDE drive in the dead PC (I'm hoping that the reason it died was not due to a hard drive problem; I think it was a motherboard/CPU problem since a new drive won't boot, either). My question is, what is required to put the old IDE drive into the new PC with the S-ATA drive? Just a cable, or do I need to get some sort of card, too? Or is there some other method of getting to our old files? Thanks.
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What's the make/model of the computer and/or motherboard?
SATA-capable motherboards often still include an interface/connection for IDE drives. If that's the case you'll just need to get an IDE ribbon cable, plug the drive in, and see if the BIOS detects it. If so, you should be good to …
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