Recovering Files from Hard Drive

March 3, 2009 at 07:02:01
Specs: Vista
With reference to my previous posted questions. My desktop pc is definately dead - motherboard issues. I still have the original hard drive and I am trying retrieve the documents, music, photos but I am experiencing problems etc. - I know am a muppet for not having a back up.

When I attach the hard drive to another pc it fails to register the hard drive and doesnt appear so not having any access to the data. What are the chance of me retrieving any of the data and If I can what can I do to retrieve it. any advice would be appreciated


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March 3, 2009 at 07:42:40
Is the drive running? You should be able to feel it rotating?

Watch the POST screens at start up to see if the BIOS is identifying the drive by model and capacity. If the drive is NOT appearing in the POST screens then check the cabling and jumpers if the drive is an IDE ATA type (wide cable).

If two drives of any kind are connected to the same IDE cable then one must be jumpered as Master and one as Slave. OR both must be jumpered using CS (cable select). If you are using a second IDE controller verify it is Enabled in the BIOS screens.

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