How to actually access documents and files from an old hard disk drive

My old PC broke down so I have invested in a new laptop. The laptop is Apple, so I am going to use a different, Windows, PC in the house. I plug the old hard drive into a Windows 7 PC via SATA internally. So it shows up as a local disk and I can access the drive.

HOWEVER, I have no idea how to actually get to and extract my actual documents, photos etc from the hard drive, once running on Windows 7 as well, actually it still will be on it. I don't want to change the priorities of the hard drives in this computer because it doesn't belong to me, you know.

I have heard about putting a jumper on the hard drive but it just seems to make it overheat? Only messing, should I do something like this and turn it into a 'slave'.

I just need to make it so that I can actually access my old files from my desktop and documents folders so i can copy and paste them onto my new laptop.

Thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  1. if you can see the drive as a local disc and access it, whats the problem? Find your files and copy them. On Windows 7 it's normally :\Users\{User Name}\ and then there are all your documents, pictures, music, etc, folders.
  2. getochkn said:
    if you can see the drive as a local disc and access it, whats the problem? Find your files and copy them. On Windows 7 it's normally :\Users\{User Name}\ and then there are all your documents, pictures, music, etc, folders.


    Ohhhh right. I didn't realise it was as easy as that. I will try this in the morning.

    Thank You.
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