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How do get files from Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Nano511, Aug 14, 2011.

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  1. Nano511

    Nano511 Thread Starter

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    I was having problems with my Desktop so i called HP and they said my motherboard/graphics driver went bad. When i turn the computer on the screen doesnt come on, and if it does come on it soon freezes or shuts off.

    Anyway, I never made a back-up of my files and the people at HP said everything would be erased if i sent the computer to them. So my question to you guys is how can i get to the files from the HardDrive to either put on a CD or send to my email?

    I have a windows 7 desktop and my cousins also have a windows 7 desktop although they are not the exact same model. Im just saying this incase its possible to tempararily move my HardDrive from my computer to another similar computer.
     
  2. flyer0101

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    Welcome to TSG.

    Assuming they both use the same connectors I.E SATA you could plug it into another computer easily but you have to make usre that their computer will still boot off there HDD so you dont want to take out their HDD, also make sure you use a different sata cable because if you plug it into the same lpug theirs was in it will try boot into your HDD. Make sure if you do put ur HDD in their computer that you also plug the power from the PSU into the HDD aswell.
     
  3. Nano511

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    Im sorry flyer but im terribly confused. Could you explain it step by step? And please make it as simple as possible.
     
  4. Elvandil

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    It is possible that the problem is the hard drive, too. If so, the files my be lost. Hard drives fail all the time.

    If they are retrievable, you will either need to remove the drive and connect it to another machine, or if your hardware will allow it, boot the machine with an operating system that runs from a CD and get your files.

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    Parted Magic disk partitoning tool (Bootable CD image)
    If you prefer a bootable USB key, download and run Linux Live USB Creator. Choose the Parted Magic distro, and it will download it and automatically create a bootable USB key.

    This CD (or key) contains many useful tools. You can partition, recover files, recover lost partitions, make disk images (by several different methods), transfer files between media, scan for viruses (It can serve as an Alternative Trusted Platform for search and elimination of rootkits and bootkits), examine and benchmark hardware, access the internet, and much more.
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