Question Safe way to plug in a old HDD?

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In 2004/5 i had a gamer PC when i still lived home with my parents. It has been ther unused for 13 years now and i tok out the hdd and was thinking of pugging it in to my pc. But i used to download a lot from different sites and i was a young boy and the youxxx wasent born🙄🙄🥴🥴 so ther is most likely a tonn of ** thats not some thing i want to expose to my pc. So is ther any easy and safe way to look through the old HDD and copi what i find usefull like pictures and stuf like that?
 

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Would running a barrage of strong current AV AM AS programs against the suspect HDD be helpful?
Not really, because you can never really be sure.
A drive in the condition the OP states is assumed to be infected.

Extract those specific personal files you want (photo/doc/music/etc), copy those to elsewhere, run AV on only those....wipe the rest of the drive.

Trying to disinfect the whole drive contents is simply a waste of time. There is nothing valuable to be retrieved other than possibly the personal files.
 
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Thanks for the answers. Im have no idea if its infected or not. But asuming since this pc came to life before youtube and Spotify e. t. c i can only expect that their are some noughty thigs living inside it. But this hdd is 13years or more since its been running and i Just want to try to see if i find something worth saving. My mobile phone has probebly way more storage then this hdd so its not to save the hdd. It s maybe 12gb or something like that. I was thinking of running it like suggested and then store the things worth keeping to a ext hdd ore something
 

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