Question about IBM Deskstar 40GV (DTLA-305020) 20 GB Hard Drive
You don't need any driver for it, with that cable it basically an external memory unit and it should appear in My Computer as an Removable Media.
The device works and it's recognized but it can't be mounted (the "device not ready" message) because there's a conflict in the settings. If the old disk has been taken straight out of the old pc - no modifications - then most surely it still has the original Windows bootloader and disk letter -C. That creates a conflict with the already in laptop hard disk that has it's own bootloader and C letter.
To fix that you must transform the partition from the "external" disk from Active to Passive and assign it a new letter , one that hasn't been used by now in your laptop, everything beyond M will do. You can do that in Disk Management - right click on My computer and choose Manage> Storage> Disk Management - but a much better solution would be to use a dedicated partition manager like
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