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Recovering data from hard drive help needed

I had a 4 year old Dell Dimension and the motherboard fried last weekend. I bought a new Dell Dimension that should be delivered in the next couple of days. I need to get data from my old hard drive to my new computer. Is this a difficult process? Or should I just slip it in the new computer for extra storage. My new computer has an 80 gig hard drive and the old would add another 20 gig. Any help or suggestions is great appreciated.

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What happened to your backups?

In reply to: Recovering data from hard drive help needed

Just asking.

Many just add the drive and scrape off the old files.


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In reply to: What happened to your backups?

Well, I have to admit I learned a lesson on this one. I have some files backed up such as Money, but I didn't back up mp3 files,word/excel files, pictures, etc. Yes, I'm an idiot.

So adding the drive might be a good choice then?

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Not the "i" word please.

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This is the usual lesson for most.

-> Yes. Adding the drive is the usual recovery method.

If it's something you want to keep, you don't keep your only copy on a hard disk.


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In reply to: Not the "i" word please.

Any tips on the process of adding it to the new computer? My guess is I should take it to someone that knows what they're doing. Thanks.

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Should be easy.

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I just double check the drive is set to cable select and add it to the ide connections and then a power plug. Very entry level PC work.

You can find many pictures and procedures about this on Google.


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In reply to: Should be easy.

Thanks for your quick/useful replies to both of my discussions.

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