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Can i put an old hdd in new pc?

A family member has a very old pc (about 7 years old) and has pictures on her hdd that she wants off. it would be too much hassle to boot the pc up as it had many problems at the time. im wondering if it would be safe to take out the hdd and put it in my pc and extract files without any damage to my computer. Installing the hard drive is not a problem as i built my own pc
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  1. Yes,that is fine is the Old HDD Sata? Because if its 7 years old there is a chance it could be PATA and then you would need an adapter
  2. Best answer
    Something like this is VERY useful to have around, for exactly this use:
    http://www.amazon.com/2-5-SATA-Docking-Station-Clone/dp/B005VMIOAK
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