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Computer woes [lock zillza]

tony_importanttony_important Registered User regular
edited November 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
Well, it's been 5 long years, but my moms dell computer finally crapped out on us.
We can turn it on, but from what I understand the mobo isn't getting any power, and probably won't be ever again, and it seems that it's not even worth it to repair because in the long run we can buy a cheaper computer.

I guess my issue is that I NEED a lot of stuff that is on the hard drive.

What is my best option here?

Do i just buy an enclosure and hook it up to another computer that way?
Or do I have to pay somebody to haul all of the data off the HD?

If anybody has any ideas that'd be great.

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  • romanqwertyromanqwerty Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Well if it just won't turn on, (no beeps or anything) its likely to be either a Power Supply problem or a Motherboard problem.

    In both cases, you can get your data back by just taking the Hard disk out and hooking it up to another computer.

    If you don't have a spare desktop to do this with, i believe you can buy a USB -> IDE adaptor that will allow you to plug it into a laptop.

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  • tony_importanttony_important Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    is it that easy?

    like to i have to worry about anything in terms of power supply conflicts with another computer?

    I'm not good at anything like this short of installing RAM.

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  • GameHatGameHat Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Installing or swapping hard drives is really easy.

    Yes, it is that easy.

    Hard drives have two connections - a data connection (IDE or SATA typically) and a power connections.

    You just unscrew a hard drive from the computer case, disconnect the two connectors, put it in a new computer, connect data and power, and you're good to go.

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  • Capt HowdyCapt Howdy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    $30 to have Geek Squad do it. Though doing it yourself is easy.

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  • tony_importanttony_important Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    thanks guys, I'll tackle this tomorrow.

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