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Solved: PC motherboard fried, how do I get files from it?

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  1. akanyr

    akanyr Thread Starter

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    My PC motherboard got fried during a blackout in my area [​IMG], I have LOTS of music, pictures & important personal documents on the hard drive I need. Is there a way for me to get all these files from the hard drive without going to a computer repair shop? It's an HP Pavilion a250 with Windows XP SP3. I tried finding a used desktop at second hand stores to but my hard drive into to get the files but haven't had any luck finding one. Would this work if I do happen to find one in a second hand store?
    Thanks for taking time to read this, any help or suggestions would be deeply appreciated. Thanks. [​IMG]
     
  2. valis

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    just get an external disk enclosure; they are pretty cheap and you can plug them into another pc just as a USB drive. don't forget that your HD could have also been cooked in the power surge; in that case, the data could very well be gone. Good rule of thumb is data that you don't have backed up is data you neither need nor want.
     
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    akanyr Thread Starter

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    Thanks valis for the quick reply & very good news on how to solve my problem. I've tried twice in the passed to make backups but each time something went wrong so I gave up trying. From now on I'll get my nephew to do it for me. Have a Great day. : D
     
  5. akanyr

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    Thank you flavallee for the link on where to browse some enclosures. Your right on how old the computer was too....it was the family computer my sister bought for my nephews when they were in high school. They all moved on to laptops but I liked that old dinosaur & didn't want to move on. Have a Wonderful day. : D
     
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    You're welcome, and good luck. :) (y)

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    Making a backup image is the best thing you can do and it is extremely easy with Macrium (free).

    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx

    Just launch the program and tell it where you want to save the image - different internal hdd or external hdd.

    Make a boot cd in case your computer will not boot.
     
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    or, if you have a plethora of data as I do; all I do is just make a folder off of root called 'valis', and then sub-directories for whatever; writing, media, music, business, photos, etc, then all you have to do is save stuff ONLY to that folder, and then just copy that folder onto an external drive and synch it weekly.....:)
     
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