You can connect it directly or, with a little luck, put the old drive in a USB external enclosure and hunt for your data that way.
Hi - thanks for reading my thread.
I'm running XP on an older (2002) Dell.
When installing home FIOS/broadband, my tech observed that I had something slowing down my computer. He suspected a virus and recommended a Verizon proprietary antivirus which was downloadable and useable 3x free from their site. After he left I took his advice.
The antivirus downloaded, deleted a virus and recommended restart which I did. Restarting yielded "Stop: C0002LA (Fatal System Error) The session manager initialization system process terminated unexpectedly with a status of OXC 0000022 (0X00000000 00000000) the system has been shut down Autocheck not found skipping autocheck" followed by BSOD. Obviously the antivirus deleted a critical file.
After googleing and forum surfing I tried the following solutions:
- F8 and tried last known good configuration - failed and led again to BSOD
- Insertion and attempted booting from OEM XP cd - did not boot to windows but after recovery console offered to reinstall XP with a warning that data files could be lost. Given that my main concerns are recovering the data files, I backed out of this.
I was able to get to a C: prompt and DIR showed all data files appear intact. Although this machine has a USB, CD (read/write) and A: 3.5 floppy - I rather doubt I can xfer all those files via DOS COPY command without the help of windows. I'm not even sure that in this reduced mode that the system will recognize any other drives besides the 3.5 floppy (which would take decades to use for a data xfer).
Given the age of the computer I had planned on buying a new PC anyway, - but I definately want to recover this data, probably 25G worth (photos, music files, geneology etc).
My question: after I buy a new PC, can I install my old hard drive in the new PC or connect to it somehow and transfer the datafiles via the new PC? How hard would this be to do and where might I look for instructions/method? Is this even the best way to go about recoverying the data?
All advice welcome.
Thanks in advance for the help fella's (and ladies).