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old hard drive retrieval?

My old Dell dimension 2400 (windows xp)took a lightning hit. Our local techie diagnosed the power supply and motherboard were fried. He says he can retrieve our old hard drives data for $100 or so. Being a cheapskate, I'm looking at installing the old hd into a new computer, and recovering the data. I've found sites that describe how to do it with master and slave and jumpers, etc. It looks fairly easy.
I've also seen where people have created more problems for themselves with booting problems, etc.
My new computer is a Dell Vostro, with Windows Vista.
Any advice out there?

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Look into...

In reply to: old hard drive retrieval?

I've found a great ext. adapter that provides links for HD, CD an even laptop HDs.. Checkout at http://www.geeks.com th adapter call AD-2020 if i remember right. This can later be used for items so its very useful.

Yes, you can connect the old HD your int. cabling just follow the convention being used, sale&master. But many newer systems use the CS cabling scheme, thus its the only other type available.

tada -----Willy Happy

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external enclosure

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So, after further research, it looks like the way for me to go would be to buy an external hard drive enclosure. Cheap. $13.49 on ebay.
Any comments out there?
Thanks,
C

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Yes.

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If you buy that you'll be saving money yet make sure you pay close attention to the instructions.

We don't want you losing anything.

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Whatever you do,...

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...make sure that you set the computer's boot sequence to boot from the drive that came with it; you do NOT want the new PC to try to boot from the old hard drive.

But you need not spend $100 to retrieve data from a serviceable hard drive.

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Hard drive enclosure problems

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So I got the enclosure, and hooked it all up. It seemed to load the drivers, okay, but I can't seem to access the hard drive. Shouldn't it come up in the "drives" window, like my flash drive does? Could it be something to do with Windows Vista?
Or should there be a specific jumper setting on the old drive?
Thanks,
C

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The jumpers on the HDD in the external case...

In reply to: Hard drive enclosure problems

...should be set to Master, AIR. If that doesn't work, then you MIGHT have a bad controller chip on the HDD due to the lightning, in which case you will have a real problem getting anything out of it...

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