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Recover data from old computer that wouldn't start

I have an old hp pavillion that I haven't used for many years. Before I get rid of it I thought I'd extract the data it contains. However, it wouldn't start.
As I turn it on, the fan kicks in but nothing else seems to happen. About 3 seconds later, the computer shuts.
I have basically no knowledge of computer hardware and don't intend to keep the computer. All I want is recover the data and was hoping there would be an easy solution.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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The usual is to put the old HDD in some USB case.

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Pull the HDD out (tutorials are plentiful on YouTube and the web) and post the make and model number so folk can share example drive cases.

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The HDD is a Samsung SP1604N

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Thanks a lot. I really appreciate your help and quick response.
I managed to locate the hard drive and I pulled it out.
It's a Samsung SP1604N. Do I simply go to a shop and ask for a USB case?

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Shops tend to have forgotten about IDE.

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Figure a less than 20 buck item like

If the drive doesn't show up try the jumpers set to master only.

You didn't reveal much about the old PC but here such things tend to be near worthless and may cost to dispose of. But even that 160GB HDD in a case is worth that much. Try selling it for a 20.

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(NT) Will do. Thanks.

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Just my 2-cents

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Your HD is based on EIDE i/f, so you need to be sure that the ext. USB case supports EIDE and not SATA type only. If not a ext. case any ext. USB dongle that attaches to the HD connections as in cable setup. The plus side of ext. USB case is you can re-use the HD later for ext. storage. Either way make sure that whatever you get supports EIDE connection. EIDE is also known as PATA.


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