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myleswest
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I want to retrieve the data from the hard drive of my old on working computer that was running Windows XP.
I salvaged the hard drive but do not know what kind / size of external enclosure to buy.
Would appreciate any suggestions.

The label says it was made by Seagate. Barracuda 7200.7 40 Gbytes
Model ST 340014A

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If the drive came from a desktop PC, which I'm assuming it did, you'll need a 3.5" enclosure Myles. Also, an old drive like that will be IDE so you'll need an external enclosure which supports IDE.

Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Insten%C2%AE-3-5-IDE-Enclosure-Black/dp/B0018NEQFI

Or an external enclosure which supports both IDE and SATA, like this: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3883498&CatId=2778

Brand of hard drive does not matter, they are all a universal size with universal connections.

If all you want to do is retrieve the data from the old drive, you could connect it inside a working computer and copy the data to flash drive. If the PC you are connecting to is SATA only, you'll need an IDE to SATA adapter like this: http://www.amazon.com/Generic-IDE-SATA-Adapter/dp/B000RK89M4

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Jim Hillier said

If the drive came from a desktop PC, which I'm assuming it did, you'll need a 3.5" enclosure Myles. Also, an old drive like that will be IDE so you'll need an external enclosure which supports IDE.

Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/Insten%C2%AE-3-5-IDE-Enclosure-Black/dp/B0018NEQFI

Or an external enclosure which supports both IDE and SATA, like this: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3883498&CatId=2778

Thank you Jim.

Brand of hard drive does not matter, they are all a universal size with universal connections.

If all you want to do is retrieve the data from the old drive, you could connect it inside a working computer and copy the data to flash drive. If the PC you are connecting to is SATA only, you'll need an IDE to SATA adapter like this: http://www.amazon.com/Generic-IDE-SATA-Adapter/dp/B000RK89M4

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I prefer adapters like this because they have connections for IDE/SATA/3.5"/2.5" drives and don't require you to disassemble the enclosure to connect the drive - just plugin, get your data off (if the drive is readable), and you're done. A great tool.

Of course this isn't for a permanent setup, but that drive is pretty old and I don't know if I would trust it other than to move the data somewhere else.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812200155&cm_re=ide_sata_usb_adapter-_-12-200-155-_-Product

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Both Jim and Dave are right on this one.
I have pulled data from several drives but I just usually pop the cover and do a temporary hook up to my PC but some mobo do not support IDE drives so I keep an old PC around for that task. I am pretty sure this an Seagate IDE drive because I have one just like it that still barely works but it doesn't have any data on it. Daniel.

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