My old computer died and it had a 150 GB IDE hard drive and was loaded with XP. I am pretty sure that it was the motherboard that died. I bought a new computer that has Windows Vista and a SATA hard drive. I would like to connect the old IDE hard drive to the new computer so I can access the old files and perhaps use it as extra storage. I realize you can't really connect it internally because of the IDE/SATA differences. Can I buy an external hard drive case and connect it through USB? Will this cause a problem since the new HD will be Vista and the old was XP? Any help is greatly appreciated!