How to Temporarily Connect a Hard Drive to Recover Data

Temporarily connecting a hard drive to your computer is necessary, for example, when trying to directly transfer data off an old or broken computer to a working model. The fact that the drive will not be permanently housed in the system means you don’t have to worry about mounting it, in case you shave a few valuable minutes off the total connection time. Things You’ll Need
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Turn off the system and unplug it.

Remove the screws on the back of the case and pull out the case side panel.

Take a replacement IDE or SATA connector from the motherboard and connect it to the data port on the back of the drive.

Take a replacement Molex power connector from the power supply and connect it to the power port on the back of the unit.

Set the drive in the background of your case and restart the system.

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