If you are just trying to retrieve old files from the old HD my suggestion would be to boot up from the new HD and then just transfer things over from old HD. Why are you trying to boot from old HD? Or am I reading this wrong??
NO ur reading correctly, I have alot of emails in outlook express and would like to copy them to my new laptop, i was trying to boot up my old HD so i could just forward them or back them up. my new laptop has stupid windows live