Get Data Off an Old Computer's Hard Drive

If you have an old computer that no longer will power on, you may be wondering how to transfer the data from the hard drive to a new system. Fortunately, this could be as easy as plugging in an external USB hard drive and just copying the files over. The USB Universal Drive Adapter from Newertech makes that possible.

All you need to do is remove the hard drive from the old computer, and connect the bare drive to the adapter. It will connect to any 2.5", 3.5", or 5.25" drive. It can connect over USB via USB 3.0 (or 2.0) and will work on Mac and PC. Once you connect it to the new computer, it should show up in your system tray on Windows or mount on the Mac desktop. Then you can browse through it and copy over whatever files you need.

- Buy the Newertech USB Universal Drive Adapter ($29.75)