Ok, I purchsed a HP and the fire dogs said my Harddrive from my dell will not fit in the new HP so it was placed in a harddrive enclosure IDE (ATA) hard disk drive HI-SPEED USB 2.0 Motle NHDE35 I can get the HP vista to see it but cant get any of my information off the drive and the instructions just tell how to install it what do I do, I have over 2k photos on it and all my contact information such nas email address in outlook and vista don't use outlook, My email is firstname.lastname@example.org please help
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Re: My old Dell HD will not fit in HP w/vista
I see..well..was the old hard drive running xp by chance?..seems that with the new vista, that each application would need to be upgraded with drivers to pull the old data..another option is to use a data recovery service.
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Hitachi hard drive are junk they are poorly made, but here is an option the could by a bigger hard drive and install it in the External case they are all the same, first take out the old HD from the case and take it with you to the store and purchse the same connection type wether its IDE or Sata and install it in the case, the cases are universal and all most all 5-1/4 inch HD will fit in the case is does not have to be A Hitachi Brand any brand will fit, I recommend a Seagate HD.
Its really hard to downgrade from vista to XP on dell laptops. vista and XP use completely different drivers and dell has stopped writing drivers for XP.
But still you can downgrade. You need to setup external SATA harddrive from where your XP CD should boot as it wont boot from your current harddrive that has vista. Even if you set these up and downgrade, Since dell has stopped writing drivers your new XP will not work with many new softwares and applications as you wont have drivers for them.
I would advice you to use Vista.
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Vista runs NTFS...if your old XP-based machine was not, try converting to it (you'll probably need to put back in the old machine to do it)...I don't think that's the problem though as my older XP-based computer was running NTFS & my Vista-based machine keeps dinging & asking to try USB 2.0...It is USB 2.0,I then tried the setup disk and it says I have to remove the current 2.0 driver already in the Vista (I don't think so!)...I'm thinking that a Vista driver (from whatever sourse) will be needed,,,lacking that I'll return mine to Best Buy and try another brand that supports Vista.
The small disk fits into the exact center of your cd drive (not hard drive which is internal). There is a recess for it. If there is not one you have an old CD drive. Given you have Vista and a Dell I am assuming it is a relatively new machine...you could also have a combo cd/dvd drive or a just a dvd drive which accepts both dvd's and cd's (and should also accept the small cd's).