Copying Files From An Old Hard Drive

by on December 28, 2006

Q: I have a hard drive that was the master in another computer, before the processor quit. Now that I have a new computer (with its own master hard drive) I would like to install the old hard drive to get the files off of it. The problem is, the files that I need to retrieve were either on the desktop or in My Documents and I am not sure how to go about locating these files.

A: The files you’re looking for are still available on your old hard drive. The trick is knowing where to look. If you’re running Windows XP, the default path for My Documents is X:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\My Documents. You should find your old desktop at X:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\Desktop. Change X to whatever the drive letter is for your old slave drive, and replace {username} with what your username was on the old Windows install.