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Hard Drive Recovery when PC will not Power On

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by marsdaman, Mar 30, 2007.

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  1. marsdaman

    marsdaman Thread Starter

    Mar 10, 2007
    Here's the problem: My old internal IDE hard drive is in a computer that has power problems; I know this, because there is the smell of smoke inside, coming from the power supply. This computer was given to me. The computer will not power on, but the hard drive is supposed to be good. I've swapped out the power supply with a known good one and therefore have isolated the problem as either a button or button wiring problem(button will not fire). As you know, whenever there's a power problem, it is also possible that there's also a motherboard problem, so fixing it so that the hard drive works in this system may not be possible and if it is, then it maybe akin to buying another PC. I have another PC. However, I know that most hard drives are not swappable into other systems. How can I, at least, recover those files and ,after that, implement that drive into Windows 2000 as a second drive? I know about jumper settings and hookups. Any other help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. winbob


    Aug 2, 2004
    Most HD's are not swap'able into other systems as the Primary, or C: drive. They can be attached as a slave drive, or on the secondary controller. So if you do have access to another PC, put the drive in as a slave to the current master. Then you can copy off any data you want....that's not corrupted.
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