Sorry, but I need to clarify.
1). Old vista laptop won't work
2). I did buy a new windows 8 laptop (very nice Lenovo).
3). Pulled old vista internal hdd out
4). Connected old vista hdd as an external hdd with USB kit.
5). Ext vista hdd shows up, but can not access.
Permissions were reset but keeps erroring and locking up the ext hdd and then won't show up under This PC.