ATA hard drives question

I have a problem with an ATA hard drive which has been used on XP until recently when the pc died.
I asked about the drive on the W10 forum with no success, ATA probably being too old for them.
I tried to access the drive with no success on a machine which had one ATA connector, but at the time forgot to set the jumpers to slave or master. It was not seen in the BIOS or Windows, and I wonder if the jumpers wrongly set would be the problem.
Rechecking the drive is not an option at present, as it is 90 miles away at my cousins.
90 miles away you cant do anything, anyway. However I would try connecting with a usb adapter & see what happens, generally, with usb, the master setting works, & check those jumper settings anywayz, , , ,