|Firstly can you supply the answers to #2 thx.|
I assumed that the HD was being returned to the computer where it was originally fitted - is that right?
Best to simply replace the battery if necessary (they are cheap). Easy if it is the coin sized variety, not so good if soldered in.
What I meant about seeing the files was to download Puppy Linux Live CD then create it using "burn an image" (feature in most burner software). You then set the BIOS to see the CD first, pop the CD in the drive and wait for Linux to load. This has a facility to look into the HD (usually your Windows C drive - icon at the bottom in Puppy Linux).
Linux Live CD's run between the RAM and CD so when you close down and remove the CD, Windows will be back to normal. Newer versions of Puppy sometimes put a file and folder on the C drive for data storage (see screen durning startup) - these can be removed later if not required.
Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks