Compaq Mini only boots with flashing cursor

February 2, 2011 at 12:33:59
Specs: Windows XP
Can I take the harddrive out of a compaq mini and put it in another laptop to get the data off of it. I have a compaq mini 110c that only boots to a black screen with a flashing cursor. It will see the cd rom if I change the boot order. But my xp does not have the drivers for mini and therefore I can't reinstall. I have a lot of data on the mini that I need to get off and I am thinking that if I reinstall windows, it will wipe everything. Is it possible to take the hard drive out of the mini and put it into a dell laptop and then get the data. I know a bit about computers and am learning as I go. Thank you.


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February 2, 2011 at 13:32:33
"I reinstall windows, it will wipe everything."

Maybe depends how you do it. I would do a simple repair install first. This will just replace the system files without wiping the drive...

If that does not work you may just want to make an Ubuntu boot CD then use it to copy the files off to an external drive.

My guess is the first will work.

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February 2, 2011 at 13:35:42
Removing the hard disk and placing it in the other computer should be fine - nearly all hard disks are made to standards nowadays.

If the hard disk is IDE (40-pin connection) then the correct jumper settings should be applied

Hope this helps!

Edit - ace_omega's suggestions sounds good!

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February 2, 2011 at 13:49:02
Okay I will try the first suggestion and post back after I have read through the documentation.


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I am using another laptop to access this forum. It has been sitting at the above for about 5 minutes. Is this normal?

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