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I have an old Dell that no longer fires up. I want to try and see what's on it and to see if it's possible to recover data off of it. Is the best way to do this tethering the two machines together or extracting the hard drive from the older pc and connecting the hard drive via USB?

Thanks for any advice.

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What is the model name and exact model number of your old Dell?
What is the exact 7-character service tag/serial number on it?
When was the last time you used it and it worked okay?

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I have an old Dell that no longer fires up.
If the old computer cannot boot up into Windows, then connecting to it by an Ethernet cable or special USB would not work. You would need to remove the hard drive from the computer and use a suitable USB adapter to attempt to read the drive using another computer.
 

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What is the model name and exact model number of your old Dell?
What is the exact 7-character service tag/serial number on it?
When was the last time you used it and it worked okay?

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I apologize for taking so long to reply. I had an emergency. But to answer your questions, the model is a Dell XPS 6301. The 7 character service tag serial # is 2J0V3J1. The last time I used it was somewhere around 2015. But it was sluggish then. I'd say the last good year I had it was 2013-2014.
 

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If the old computer cannot boot up into Windows, then connecting to it by an Ethernet cable or special USB would not work. You would need to remove the hard drive from the computer and use a suitable USB adapter to attempt to read the drive using another computer.
I apologize to you too. I try to be respectful when replying and in a timely fashion. Thank you for your advice. I will be looking into removing the hard drive this coming weekend and trying this. Will post the results. The computer in its current state will not boot up by the way.
 

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I will be looking into removing the hard drive this coming weekend and trying this.
If you already have the USB HDD adapter then that may be the quickest way to check the drive. If you do not yet have the adapter and the current working computer is a desktop model, you could check if the motherboard and PSU have the right ports to connect the removed HDD as a secondary drive.
 

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If you already have the USB HDD adapter then that may be the quickest way to check the drive. If you do not yet have the adapter and the current working computer is a desktop model, you could check if the motherboard and PSU have the right ports to connect the removed HDD as a secondary drive.
Thank you. I don't have a USB HDD adapter but will be getting one off of amazon now. I'm about an hour from the city.

Isn't it possible that if the older hard drive is damaged, it could damage my working desktop computer? Just curious. The older pc in question has been in my basement for several years now.
 

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the model is a Dell XPS 6301. The 7 character service tag serial # is 2J0V3J1. The last time I used it was somewhere around 2015. But it was sluggish then.
You have THIS Dell XPS 630i Desktop PC which was purchased in March 2009 in the United States.

It appears it came with Windows XP 32-bit or Windows Vista 32/64-bit.

What's the exact Windows version on its Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker?

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Isn't it possible that if the older hard drive is damaged, it could damage my working desktop computer?
Not likely. If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. There's a possibility it may be defective, but that should not harm your PC.
 

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You have THIS Dell XPS 630i Desktop PC which was purchased in March 2009 in the United States.

It appears it came with Windows XP 32-bit or Windows Vista 32/64-bit.

What's the exact Windows version on its Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker?

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Vista
 

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Will not boot as in windows will not boot OR will not boot as is has no power.
When I stopped using it years ago it wouldn't boot into Windows and it was very, very sluggish. It's been in the basement for a long while now and was exposed to water as it flooded a couple times. I'm afraid to plug it in now because of this.
 

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See post #6
Remove drive turn off new computer connect old drive - boot
 
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