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accessing another computers hard drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bownsy105, Nov 16, 2011.

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  1. bownsy105

    bownsy105 Thread Starter

    Jun 13, 2011
    I alwasy start these things with sorry if it's in the wrong place, because I really don't understand most forums to be fair :(
    so once again, my apologies if it is.

    but any way... I have a computer which crashed, and I can get to the screen where I can log in, but there is no longer any user profiles for me to log into, and an error message said about the drive being damaged...
    so I was wondering, the computer still works... it's just the drive doesn't.
    so is there any way to access this computer through my laptop and take a look at the hard drive through there to see if there is anything I can recover?
    the only part im struggling with really is connecting the computers so I can explore the hard drive.
    is this simple? even if it's a case of there is no chance of recovering anything, then still. is it possible to do this... as it might come in handy in the future any way.
    although one last thing I must say... is there any way of doing it without removing the hard drive, as that is why im asking here as iv not found any method that means I don't have to take the computer apart.

    thanks for ya help.
  2. Mark1956


    May 7, 2011
  3. Triple6

    Triple6 Moderator

    Dec 26, 2002
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    You can also remove the drive and install it in another computer as a secondary drive or use a USB to PATA(IDE) or SATA adapter.
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