Request Help

Request Help

We are happy to help! Please fill out this form or call us
Call: 866-438-6932

Data Recovery: How To Hook Up A Hard Drive

Yesterday I received a call from a gentleman in Alaska. His daughter had built him a new computer and he needed to get his data from his old Windows 98 machine into his new Windows Vista environment. He had called me because my phone number is on our  hard drive recovery blog.

He was there after searching for “how to hook up a hard disk” on Google and pulled up Jacqui Best’s post: Data Recovery Tutorial How To Slave A Hard Drive. He wanted to print it out so he had a reference while doing the slaving of the hard drive. Since that blog is on Blogger, printing a post isn’t the easiest thing to do and I ended up having him email the post to himself for easy printing.

While we were going through this I was getting the feeling that this project might be pushing his skill level. I asked him if he knew what a USB hard drive was, and proceeded to find out if he could get one where he was in Alaska. The goal here is to give him an easy way to hook his old hard disk drive to his new system. After looking around on the Internet, I decided to take care of it in a proactive manner and had him call our office. They took down his info and shipped him an external hard drive case.

Slave a Hard Drive For Data Recovery

Like I’ve said before, DTI is serious when it comes to customer service! There are quite a few legitimate data recovery companies in the US, by legitimate I mean they have a clean room and actually perform data recovery in-house and don’t farm the job out. Out of those companies DTI has one of the best track records for customer service. Proof in the pudding is Dick Correa’s post about SCO Unix RAID Data Recovery “Data Recovery A Partnership For Success” where he lays out the process of interaction between himself and a client.

I am responsible for checking out our competitors and I have never seen another data recovery company say anything even remotely like that!

Back to the post, here is an external hard drive that I like:

Maximum Versatility.
Masscool 3.5-inch SATA-IDE HDD Enclosure.

This phenomenal new Masscool UHB-340UPS portable SATA-IDE combo hard drive enclosure features true “take it with you anywhere” convenience and versatility. Need an IDE hard drive enclosure? No problem. Need an enclosure for your SATA drive? The Masscool SATA-IDE enclosure fills the bill. It’s the perfect fit for any 3.5-inch SATA or IDE hard drive. Cool and secure. Plus, the Masscool UHB-340UPS hard drive enclosure boasts all the lighting-fast connections with its USB 2.0 interface. Supports hot-plug as well as plug and play. For maximum utility and superb portability, order the Masscool UHB-340UPS hard drive enclosure.

     Enclosure Type   3.5″
     Compatible Drives   3.5″ Hard Drives
     Drive Interface   SATA IDE
     Enclosure Interface   USB 2.0
     USB 2.0 Transfer Rate   480 Mbps
     Enclosure Material   Aluminum
     Dimensions   23.0 x 13.1 x 3.7 cm


  • Aluminum Enclosure
  • Suitable for 3.5″ IDE HDD or SATA HDD
  • Ultra Dissipation
  • Easy installation
  • Hot-Swappable Connection (Plug & Play)

With a case like this you can simply put the old hard drive in and hook it up through the USB port on your new machine and off you go! Our Data Recovery Software will also work on an external hard drive. Of course if you are looking to clone a hard drive then you must slave it, but for easy file recovery try an external hard disk drive case.

DTI DATA Recovery Phone Numbers:

24 Hour Hard Drive Recovery & Server/RAID Recovery Hotline:
Toll Free 1-866-438-6932 or direct 1-727-345-9665.

Extended Software Support:
8 AM to 11 PM EST 7days a week!

**IF you have sent your drive to another company click here to find out what DTI Data can do for you!

Hard Drive Data Recovery

For Free Fully Functional Data Recovery Tools click here.

To Download demo software that will show you your data before you pay for it, click here.

If you have a clicking hard drive visit our hard drive recovery page.


13 Responses to “Data Recovery: How To Hook Up A Hard Drive”

  1. envangelism March 27, 2007 1:24 am #

    Take your applications, settings and data with you on any device, and run on any PC. How? Use Mojopac!

    MojoPac is a technology that transforms your iPod or USB Hard Drive or Flash drive into a portable and private PC. Just install MojoPac on any USB 2.0 compliant storage device, upload your applications and files, modify your user settings and environment preferences, and take it with you everywhere.

    Every time you plug your MojoPac-enabled device into any Windows XP PC , MojoPac automatically launches your environment on the host PC. Your communications, music, games, applications, and files are all local and accessible. And when you unplug the MojoPac device, no trace is left behind – your information is not cached on the host PC..
    Protection of IT Policies
    Power Supply
    Personal Preferences
    iPod Liberation
    Painless PC Sharing
    PC Resurrection

    The Mojo Experience

    Using MojoPac is exactly as if your MojoPac iPod or USB storage device is an ultra portable Windows XP PC.

    Your experience using Mojopac is exactly as if you are using an ultra portable PC (your MojoPac device) and docking it to a computer (the Host PC you are plugged into).

    Your MojoPac PC is running from your portable device, but it is borrowing the resources (screen, processor, CD/DVD drives, internet connection, printers, etc.) of the Host PC. In other words, MojoPac is your real PC (your applications, settings, data), and any computer it is connected to is being used as a utility to run MojoPac.

    Who is it for? Everyone!!

    MojoPac delivers portable, private and personal computing to everyone!
    Depending upon your daily life and work, you will have different uses for MojoPac, if you are a Professional, a Parent, a Student or a Gamer, we have got the Mojo for you!

  2. DTI Data Recovery March 27, 2007 5:47 pm #

    Quick note: DTI doesn’t approve or represent any products other than our own. I allowed the mojopac comment because the company is legitimate. I will test their system and let everyone know what I think – Michael

  3. Paul June 23, 2009 6:34 pm #

    I have 3 older computers that cannot be accessed for various reasons, but all have good hard drives with photos and logos that I would like to retrieve. Can I remove these HD’s and use a case or box to access the drive via USB cable? I have no idea about where to get something like this or even if it exists. Please comment.

    Thanks, Paul

    • DTI Data Recovery June 24, 2009 10:41 am #

      Paul, you can get a USB hard drive enclosure anywhere, even walmart. Are the hard drives all desktop drives and IDE?

  4. Paul June 24, 2009 5:41 pm #

    Thanks for the info. I’ll try our local Walmart. I appreciate the prompt reply! They are all IDE desktop units altho one is a reduced size.

  5. Bob Brown July 5, 2009 3:18 pm #

    I have a Compaq laptop w/ a 60GB Seagate AT drive. System files
    have gotten corrupted and I can’t get past BSOD w/ error message
    stop: c0000021a. I would like to slave this drive to get some data
    files off it before I format it and reinstall the OS. The drive has a
    slot connector sitting over the pins and no separate power connector.
    Is there a special cable to connect this drive to a standard IDE
    cable as a slave?

    Thanks –

  6. Renee January 17, 2010 10:21 pm #

    I have a virus on my computer, which has resulted in my inability to do anything other than look at a black or blue screen. No system restore, no safe mode, etc…Anyway….because I’m not always backing up files…I want to recover some files from my hard-drive. I will say that I have no idea how to slave the hard drive…though I did take it out, and tried to install in another computer…but thay have a different pin configuration. My laptop is a HP ZV6000. Can I take that hard drive,from the HP, and hook it up to some converter and connect through a USB (on the other and ) and connect to different computer to save my files?

  7. burno41 January 23, 2010 3:13 am #

    I’m trying to connect a slave drive to my current computer. When I set the jumper to slave my computer does not detect the drive. However, when I set the jumper to master, my computer does detect it. How can I make my computer detect the drive as a slave?

  8. James in the Midwest February 2, 2010 4:46 pm #

    80 gb Hitachi – IDE (HDS728080PLAT20) won’t spin up!
    I had to shut down power to everything via the power strip – I know, not good! Anyway, now I cannot get my external HDD to spin up. It’s getting power – the green lights on the disk enclosure and power adapter cord box are on. Have tried gently shaking it. Also tried a different enclosure…no luck. I’m guessing bad PCB but hope I’m wrong as it’s hard to find an exact replacement. Someone mentioned hooking it up as a slave to a desktop. Any ideas?

  9. Denzil February 5, 2010 4:12 pm #

    okay, I can’t figure this out. Please help.
    My old HP desktop running XP went out and was replaced with a new HP running Windows 7. I need some data from the ‘old’ (WD2500 Serial ATA) hard drive. I purchased a [ Deluxe USB to IDE Cable w/power adapter] to plug into and retrieve my files via USB. My HP with windows7 will only recognize it as a bridge and I can not pull anything up in Explore. So, I plugged it into a Toshiba laptop running Vista. On this computer it recognized the hard drive and was able to pull it up in Explore and see my files lised. I can even open word docs and other files that I had saved in various folders. My problem is that the files I need to access are saved in the HP-Administrator folder and those files will not open. I get messages that I do not have permission or that access is denied. How can I gain access to these files??? Please help.

  10. Eliza February 12, 2010 8:30 pm #

    I have an old computer that does not recognize now the maxter hard drive. When I turn the computer it gives this message: “verifying DMI Pool Data”. Later on shows: “Disk Boot Failure, Insert System Disk and press Enter”. I put the ‘start up disk windows 98. Then, I get the message: “Windows 98 has detected that drive C doe not contain a valid FAT or FAT 32 partition…I originally had windows 95 and I upgraded to windows ME. I need the computer to recognize the hard drive and after that to reinstall the operating sytem–Windows ME. I appreciate all the help given to this matter.

  11. Son July 8, 2010 8:56 am #

    I tried one cheaper IDE/SATA USB product for a Fujitsu SATA drive out of a Compaq V6120US but could not hook up the power. How good are these drive enclosures?

    • DTI Data Recovery July 30, 2010 2:06 pm #

      Son, you have to make sure that the form factors are the same. Here is an explanation with a video on hard drive form factors.

Leave a Reply