Question from Ravi Seetharaman:  Hi Gadget Bhai, I have my old PC’s hard drive that I need to keep for the important data that is there. The PC is now dead (it was a Pentium 4 Windows XP machine).

Can I convert old Hard Drive into External Drive to retrieve the data, in a simple way?

Gadget Bhai Answers:  Yes Ravi, if the old hard drive is still functioning you can simply use it as an external USB hard drive. It isn’t difficult at all.

In the latest Windows OS, you can plug a USB drive into an open port and get it to work!

Convert old Hard Drive into External DriveYou said the PC was an old XP machine, so I’m assuming that it’s an IDE drive. And even if it happens to be a SATA drive, this nifty Vantec CB-ISATAU2 SATA/IDE to USB 2.0 AdapterSATA/IDE to USB adapter will let you plug the drive into your computer’s USB port and access the files you need from the old drive.

Windows will recognize the drive automatically and you will see it as a new drive under My Computer or the Windows Explorer.

The above product is having huge positive reviews so it is a must buy in your case.

Convert old Hard Drive into External DriveAnother slightly costlier option that comes to reckoning is the neat little enclosure called iDsonix® SuperSpeed USB 3.0/2.0 to SATA Hard Drive Docking Station .

So there you are… Hope the information helps.

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