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Reviving a dying Optiplex GX270?

by britguyusa / August 31, 2010 2:41 AM PDT

I have an older 2.66Ghz Pentium 4 Optiplex GX270 that will boot up ... sometimes. When it refuses to boot, it makes a straining whirring noise that sounds like it is coming from the heatsink fan.

Maybe the power supply is starting to fail, or perhaps the motherboard is going to the bad.

My question is ... can I just swap the hard drive and CPU into another known-to-be working GX270 chassis, and expect it to boot up and give me access to everything that is stored on the original hard drive (software and data)?

This may be a dumb question, but I'm no computer engineer and I'm on a tight budget right now.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

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