i tried that first but when i do i can only access system files for the old computer, none of my personal files, music, pictures ect.... are visible. 2 years ago my old mobo crashed and it has been sitting in storage up till now. the only reason i kept it was to recover the information off the hard drive. i dont know what happens when the mobo crashes if it even can destroy the personal files. i have not re-formatted the drive.