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Old 05-06-2011, 09:14 AM   #1
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Question Retrieving data from old Windows XP hdd?


I use Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal and my wife who is not an Ubuntu convert still uses Microsoft Windows. Recently her ageing PC stopped functioning and she bought a more powerful PC with Windows 7 as the OS. Unfortunately, most of her specialised work software refuses to run on Windows 7, but she still wants / requires access to retrieve information from the old drive which was running (past tense) Windows XP Professional up until recently. Because of her fear of breaking the warranty on her new shiny PC, she won't let me remove the casing and fit the old drive. So, the question is, if I fit her old drive into my Ubuntu machine would it harm either my PC or her hdd? Also, these new SATA drives have no jumper settings (slave/master etc). How do I set it up and how do I get the information from this hdd?

Any help will be appreciated.

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Old 05-06-2011, 09:20 AM   #2
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Plug it into a higher numbered SATA port and you should have no trouble. The BIOS will still boot first from your disk and once booted Linux will see the second disk as /dev/sdb. You can then manually proceed to mount it:

# mkdir -p /mnt/windows
# mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/windows

Having said that, the right thing to do would be to tell your wife to take a chill pill and put it in the new machine where 7 will immediately see it and make it available.

Alternatively just get her one of these and you don't even have to open the case.
 
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Old 05-07-2011, 09:26 AM   #3
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Plug it into a higher numbered SATA port and you should have no trouble. The BIOS will still boot first from your disk and once booted Linux will see the second disk as /dev/sdb. You can then manually proceed to mount it:

# mkdir -p /mnt/windows
# mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt/windows

Having said that, the right thing to do would be to tell your wife to take a chill pill and put it in the new machine where 7 will immediately see it and make it available.

Alternatively just get her one of these and you don't even have to open the case.
Thanks for all your help, it was invaluable.
I have sent off for a USB Caddy to fit the hdd in, that will simplify everything

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