I have a hard drive which is 40port ATA from on an old laptop. I found another old laptop and booted the hard drive on it. The laptop I booted the drive on was an older Compaq Presario 2500, and the laptop it came out of was the worst Dell ever made (the one which in 2004 there was a class action lawsuit over because they were the biggest POS and even caused fires). My ultimate goal is to get information off of that hard drive and onto any medium (external HD, flash mem, DVDR) so I can get the information (only about 7 GB) onto my MBP's external HDD or SSD. Obviously, when booting a different hard drive on the computer, it did not find device drivers and it will search for them and then freeze when booting normally. It will boot up on Safe Mode, but it then seems that I can't get a damned thing off of it and IIRC in 98, USB is disabled in SM. Also, I am not sure if the hard drive AND the different computer are USB 1 or 2 as it is right around the time that it changed. My guess is the HDD is USB1 and the computer is USB2. Any idea what I can do? This is reminding me of my days with a Windows laptop and I am HATING it. Thanks!