I have an old IDE hard drive from a Windows 98 HP computer. It has some data on it but I do not know how to access it.
The easiest way is to get an external USB enclosure or USB-to-IDE adapter. IDE-to-SATA adapters exist, but they require opening up your computer to install.
When selecting hardware, keep in mind that IDE (PATA) hard drives come in two common varieties: "desktop" (usually 3.5" form factor, with a 40-pin data cable and a 4-pin power cable), and "laptop" (usually 2.5" form factor, with a 44-pin combined power and data cable). You'll need to make sure you get one compatible with your drive; "universal" adapters/enclosures are rare.
IDE drives were designed to let two of them be attached to a single data cable, with one in the "master" role and the other in the "slave" role. A jumper near the power and data connections is used to set the role; with just a single drive attached to an adapter, it should be set to "master" or "cable select" (CS).
Software-wise, a hard drive from a Windows 98 will be formatted in the "FAT32" format. This is as close to a universal hard drive format as you can get, so virtually every modern computer can read it, regardless of operating system.
I bought a IDE to USB converter from a local store.There were two extra pins on my hard drive so I had to do some fiddling and connect the AC power supply
I connected the adapter to my Linux laptop (also works on Windows) and I could see the files stored on the FAT32 filesystem.
The disk is almost full (The thing is 4GB and has 100MB left , my laptop has 500GB :) has errors , noisy and slow. I copied all the files off the disk including 1GB of music from Napster
I also booted the disk from a virtual machine and it works perfectly (after installing driver and repairing system files).I am considering creating a full disk image using dd but will it fail if I try to copy from it too much?
Also Kaspersky found a virus on it