Excellent way to retrieve data off old hard drives
The first computer (win xp from early 2000s, 40gb wd drive) we bought after getting married and having kids crapped out on us many years ago. We've been toting it around for over 10 years because it has pictures of our kids as toddlers on it. I had tried loading it as a secondary hard drive in other computers to get the pictures off too no avail. Saw this and thought i'd give it a try. Worked perfectly. Used this cable and hooked our old xp drive up to our windows 10 machine, and voila. I was able to copy everything i wanted over. A couple of notes, when i first connected the usb to our win 10 machine, it seemed like it didn't realize it was connected. I was expecting to at least see a loading device drivers message, but apparently the necessary driver is already installed on win 10. I just needed to be patient for my old hard drive to finish booting up. It took maybe a minute of nothing happening to my old drive showing up as an external storage device. If you are copying off of an xp drive like i did, you will have to take ownership of the files and folders in order to access them. If you don't know how to do that, go to the microsoft respond site respond. Just search the site for "changing multiple file permissions?". Look through the search results for the one that matches exactly what you typed in the search. It should be a question on windows 7 question by indydad. (even though it's for win 7, it as well works for win 10.) view all replies and look for the ones by kingsovereign and davidglasspool. They give very good directions on what to do.