remove memory hard drives off dead system

November 3, 2014 at 15:31:05
Specs: AMD Athalon XP 2000 @1.67GHz
My mother board crapped out and I want to remove all me information & pictures.
What does the memory storage look like & where is it located.
Any other information or drawings would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

Ted Dawson

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November 3, 2014 at 16:01:42
If you don't know the difference between a hard drive and memory I highly advise you to get someone who does to work on this for you. Otherwise you could lose everything with no hope of recovery.

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November 3, 2014 at 18:28:02
Your own data together with the operating system and programs is stored on a hard disk. They can vary but this one is typical:
This is a completely separate unit cabled to the motherboard. As this is XP it will almost certainly house a magnetic rotating disk, rather than a modern solid state device.

Purely for information, "memory" is another word for RAM - temporary storage which is used by the processor to manipulate data. It looks a bit like this:
These "sticks" are plugged into sockets on the motherboard.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 3, 2014 at 20:05:19
It was running windows 2000 with an athlon xp cpu? Are you sure it's the motherboard that's bad?

The easiest way to recover data from a good drive connected to a bad motherboard is to connect it as a second drive in a working computer and copy over the files you want. But as already mentioned, you need to know what you're doing.

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