Reclaiming Files from a dead computer

December 15, 2017 at 10:53:35
Specs: Windows XP
My daughters computer died leaving important files unable to be accessed. The operating program is XP. I have removed the hard drive. How would you recover them?

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December 15, 2017 at 11:05:50
Assuming the HDD isn't what caused the computer to die, it's easiest to use something like this: or this: Depends on the drive in question.

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December 15, 2017 at 11:27:19
If the hard drive itself failed, some or all of the data may be
recovered by a computer repair shop. I burned out the circuit
board of a hard drive by accidentally touching it with metallic
conducting material while the computer was turned on. That
is something I couldn't do anything about, myself, but the
local computer repair place (Chip Heads) was able to handle
easily, copying all of my data onto two CD-ROM disks. It was
somewhat expensive, though. I think it cost a bit over $200.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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