I recently build a new PC, as my old one had failed and I could in no way could find out what exactly was the problem but I was due for an update anyway. Yet, I've lost my thousands of MP3s, and even valuable college work.
The Old HD, isn't too old, it is SATA.
It has Windows XP on it, and I'm currently running Vista on this PC, I was just wondering how I would go about retrieving all the data from the old HD and brining it onto my new PC?
1. you should be able to plug it into one of the sata ports on your new pc, plug in a power connector, and boot into vista. Then you should be able to see the drive under 'my computer' as just another drive. open can copy away. If that doesn't work right away and the system is trying to boot to the old hd, then you need to find a way to set the boot priority/hard drive priority.
2. You can also buy an external enclosure. however, this would take a few days to buy off of an online source. If you can find one locally at best buy or something, that would work just fine.
I've used Spinrite to recover files from hard drives 'on their way out' before...but it isn't foolproof. Sometimes drives are too far gone for even a temporary recovery from Spinrite, but at least you have a chance.