old pc hard drives connected to macbook pro

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by just1nd20, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. just1nd20 macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2010
    I have two old hard drives from windows xp machines (one laptop, one desktop). the desktop is so slow it is unusable and the laptop is dead (wont turn on). I want to move data from both drives to my new macbook. Is there any way to do this. I've heard of, and may not understand, how to slave a hard drive, but I have not learned if this is possible between different operating systems. I've only been using OS X for a week now so forgive my ignorance.

    Just so everyone knows, file sharing on my network is not an option given how terribly old and dead these old computers are. Thank you for reading.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    You need to find out what interface those HDDs use.

    IDE (P-ATA) - on HDDs until the mid 2000s

    3.5" HDD - desktop

    2.5" HDD - laptop

    S-ATA - in most modern HDDs

    3.5" HDD

    2.5" HDD

    If you have both interface types, use this to connect the bare HDD (which you have removed from the computers to do so) via USB to your Mac.

    Mac OS X is able to read from those HDDs as it understands the file systems used by Windows, FAT32 and NTFS. But it can only write to FAT32 formatted volumes, to do so with NTFS formatted ones, one needs NTFS-3G drivers.
  3. just1nd20 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2010
    Thanks for the help. I'll have to give it a try and see.

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