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Hard drive backup

I have an HP Slimline desktop pc and the motherboard has burnt out on the system yet again. It is actually the fourth time however HP no longer warranties it. I was wondering if there is anyway to access the hard drive on the pc to save some of my information without the motherboard working? Any help would be appreciated.

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Yes, you can except

the hard drive needs to be removed from the failed computer. Connect it to another computer either by installing the drive in an external enclosure or temporarily connect it internally just long enough to remove the info that is needed. I would explore the external enclosure, myself. If the drive is SATA see here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812816095
If it is IDE, see here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817816008
or look for something that meets your fancy: http://www.newegg.com/store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=92&Tpk=external%20enclosure

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Remove and mount

The topic is discussed well. Check the sticky in the "storage forum" and review there. The other poster covered as well what needs to be done.

Using the ext. enclosure method allows once all is gotten to treat the old HD as another storage area, thus re-use the HD again. Just be sure what enclosure is proper for your needs to continue on other PC.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Exploring HDD

Well I have an external enclosure for the HDD now. When i plug the drive into my new pc through usb the drive shows up everywhere as it should. However it only shows up as my recovery drive for HP and Vista. I cannot find the actual 320gb or storage on the drive.

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It could be the OS causing that

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