Question Run 23 year old hard drive

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If you're so kind I've got a question about a hard drive.

I have a 1996 Western Digital Caviar 2850 (853MB - 1654 cyl - 16 heads - 63spt). It was originally used on a long gone IBM Aptiva with Windows 95.

I'm trying to locate a motherboard with IDE connector so I can try recover the data. Do you think an Asrock motherboard from 2009 will do the job? Or will I have compatibility issues?

Thanks in advance.
 
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I would just purchase a USB hard drive dock with IDE or a SATA to IDE adapter.
So that will work on Windows 10 with a modern mobo?

I read some articles about incompatibilities between modern mobos that can't communicate with "CHS" hard drives.

I'll gladly buy the dock but I want to have some certainty that it will work.
 

Wrecker75

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To my knowledge the drives are recognized by most adapters, the issue is settings for addressing a CHS drive as you mention. There is software that allows it PC3000 which from what I hear is expencive but I want to say I have seen others which of course I can't find off hand.

There are adapters available cheap that also specify compatibility with the PC3000 software which would probably help any other software with addressing CHS drives.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8HtDccjpX0

https://www.amazon.com/SATA-Adapter-PC-3000-Repair-Recovery/dp/B0078PWEGS
 
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Wrecker75

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Absolutely, while most people wouldn't be interested because it isn't the latest, greatest and most powerful PCs. Even when he gets things that are before my time (so I don't get the nostalgia feel from it), it's interesting to to me to see how far we've come.
 
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To my knowledge the drives are recognized by most adapters, the issue is settings for addressing a CHS drive as you mention. There is software that allows it PC3000 which from what I hear is expencive but I want to say I have seen others which of course I can't find off hand.

There are adapters available cheap that also specify compatibility with the PC3000 software which would probably help any other software with addressing CHS drives.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8HtDccjpX0

https://www.amazon.com/SATA-Adapter-PC-3000-Repair-Recovery/dp/B0078PWEGS
You are thinking way too complicated.
If you connect the drive to windows via any means,you can just make a VM running dos (or a fresh copy of win95) and give it access to the whole disk.
You can then use any dos software like norton ghost or any free soft to make a clone,or just use the dos copy command to copy any files you want to a second disk.

You only need recovery software if the drive is kaputt and if it is chances for recovering data are really bad.
 

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