Getting files from PC with fried motherboard

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- Aug 24, 2010 at 10:15 AM
Hello,

I have a DELL computer with Windows XP, whose motherboard got fried when I was in Europe. The hard drive seems to be okay (though I can't turn the computer on), and a friend of mine was somehow able to pull some files off of it last year with another computer and put them on a DVD. I don't know how he did this, and I've lost contact with the friend. I'm wondering whether I could use a Type A to Type A USB cable to transfer files from the DELL computer to another PC with Windows Vista. If not, what is the best route to go?

Thank you,
KH

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Aug 24, 2010 at 08:40 AM
Hi there,

If this is a desktop pc then plug the hard drive to pc shifting the jumper to slave or cs ,then switch on pc and access its contents in my computer,if a laptop then purchase an enclosure for external hard drive fix it and plug to system via usb cable using as external hard drive and get data from it .

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Aug 24, 2010 at 08:49 AM
Hello,

Try this 1.

You can connect that harddrive as slave to another computer and backup your

files from that harddisk. If its IDE Harddisk, then you can find the instructions

on the harddisk about how to set it as Slave using jumper.

Good Luck.
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Aug 24, 2010 at 08:53 AM
All right, so I'm completely computer illiterate. Could I take the hard drive out of the laptop, put it in an enclosure like this one:

http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-2-0-2-5-SATA-HARD-DRIVE-ENCLOSURE-EXTERNAL-CASE-BK-/290466330575?pt=PCC_Drives_Storage_Internal

And hook it up to the new computer with a USB?

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KH
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Aug 24, 2010 at 09:08 AM
Look for documentation on dell site for removal of HD. You can search with the model number. Before you buy the external enclosure, it would be better to take out the HDD, so you would know that the connectors on your HDD will work with the enclosure
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Aug 24, 2010 at 09:29 AM
I removed the hard disk drive from the laptop but I can't tell type of Enclosure I should get. It's Samsung Model MP0603H from an Insprion 6000 from something like four years ago. Any thoughts?

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Aug 24, 2010 at 10:15 AM
From the web, it seems that this hard drive is ATA. ATA-100 to be more exact. This is from DELL site https://support.dell.com/support/edocs/storage/P99994/specs.htm

The enclosure you saw seem to be for SATA. SATA are newer one and are not same. if you have some older desktop lying around, you can hook up the hard drive. Most probably it is in some sort of caddy and you may have to take HD out. If you dont need it like now, you may want to look for a deal when you get connectors that are both ATA and SATA compatible. Some thing like this. https://www.newertech.com/products/usb2_adaptv2.php
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