I have a very old PC that is running Windows 95. It has a 5 1/4" and a 3.5" disc drive as well as a CD-R drive. No USB port or ethernet capability. I have many mp3 files that I would like to salvage. How can I accomplish this?
There are several options you can do take:
Remove the old hard drive and do one of the following
You have a CD-R, can you burn the MP3s to CD and move them? Or are there just to many of them? If the computer is so old, I cant imagine the hard drive is that large. I would suspect they would fit on just a couple CDs
Or you can buy a cheap network card and attach the machine to your network. There are plenty of cheap PCI cards out there. ISA cards are out there, if your machine is that old. Buying ISA cards new is overpriced (they do still sell them), however you can probably find one for free out there if you look hard enough.
Remove the harddrive from the computer case. There is tons of tutorials on how to do this, of course each case in unique. Here's a pictorial solution that should be enough to get you started.
Secondly, you need a way to attach it to your current PC. You could go the longer, slightly more complicated, but cheaper route and install it into your PC if it has IDE headers to plug into. Or you could simply buy a cheap IDE-to-USB interface and plug it into your machine externally.
Either method will work, just depends if you'd rather spend time, or money.