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
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.