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Making External Hard Drive...lose important info?

by ran0591 / August 12, 2010 5:48 AM PDT

Hi, I bought an HP p6510f computer (AMD Athlon II X4, 750GB HDD, 4GB Ram, etc.) four days ago at a good price to upgrade from my 2003 Dell Dimension 2350. Over the last few days, I've been transferring files from my old computer over to the new one using a flash drive and it's been going very well. Unfortunately, the Dell stopped working yesterday before I was able to transfer over 12GB worth of pictures. Upon researching the problem using google and dell support forums, I discovered the problem to be a broken motherboard.

My main question now is if I can remove the internal hard drive from the old computer and but an external enclosure to make an external hard drive. Would doing so delete all the data from the old hard drive? Also, would there be any complications from the fact that my old computer used Windows XP and that my new one uses Windows 7? Some additional information: The old hard drive was an IDE drive and 3.5"

Thank you for your help

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Good idea
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 12, 2010 5:52 AM PDT

No expert here so I will let others confirm, but this is often suggested when a machine fails.

Remove the hard drive, pop in into a USB enclosure, connect it to another system and pull the files off.

As long as the data on that drive is not already corrupted there should be no problem.

Good luck.


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by ran0591 / August 12, 2010 9:12 AM PDT
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thanks a lot

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