a few days ago, my hp compaq laptop, that was running vista died. I have taken the hard drive out of it and connected it, externally via usb, to a desktop running vista. It showed up as an external drive and I was then able to access all my files I now have a desktop running xp. When I connect my laptop hdd in the same way, it doesn't show up in "my computer" in the hard drives section, and in device manager I have a "code 10 error" so the drive is recognised but will not work. I have tried some solutions such as uninstalling all the usb's, restarting the computer etc but nothing seems to work. Don't know if this could be a compatibility issue between xp and vista. Please help if you have any solutions. Thanks
Try to connect the hard drive directly to the desktop
motherboard. If the laptop hard drive is IDE (Parallel ATA), you would need
a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE converter. If the laptop hard drive is SATA, just connect
See if desktop BIOS can detect the hard drive.
thanks for that. I think it is SATA. However this is totally outside the realms of my knowledge. Will get my partner to give this a go. Thanks again.