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Retrieving Data from the hard drive of a dead desktop

The motherboard on my eMachine T2682 crashed so the computer will not start. How can I transfer the data from the hard drive of the dead desktop to the new desktop. I am thinking of buying the HP Pavilion a1600n desktop. Thanks.

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You can either

In reply to: Retrieving Data from the hard drive of a dead desktop

install the old HDD in the new PC as a secondary HDD or

install the old HDD into an external USB housing and transfer the data to the new systen via USB.

If possible....check to make sure the old HDD powers on and spins up...if not, no point installing anywhere.


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Thanks. How do I check to see if the old HDD powers on and spins? Where do I find an external USB housing? Sorry, new to this computer stuff.

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Just plug power to drive ... no data cable required. You can hear/feel it power on and spin.

Best location ...your local PC store or for internet..NewEgg.com


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Thank you. I appreciate your help.

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