Recover Hard drive data

Posted on 2006-05-17
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
My friend has a computer that is about 10 or 11 years old.  It was about 5 years old when it crashed and it has been sitting in his basement the last 6.  He wasn't sure what the problem was but he thinks it probably because of the hard drive.  Is it possible to get any data off that disk or is he pretty much screwed?
Question by:TBayXXXV
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    by:Will Szymkowski
    Hello there,

    Yes it is. Just hook the HDD up as a slave drive to a working computer. Boot up the computer and it should have the disk listed in my computer or windows explorer.

    Hope this helps

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    Sorry, but my hardware knowledge is miniscule compared to software.  How could that be done?
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    install the hard drive as a slave, change the jumpers to slave setting or just plug it into the second ide cable where the cdrom probably is.

    From there, see if windows picks up the drive, if windows doesn't pick up the drive or the drive does not spin up, then you will probably need to go to an external company specializing in data recovery and that could be quite expensive

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    Thanks guys.

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    I'll pass the info along and see what happens.
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    The HD in the back has a jumper. There should be a black or white small plastic jumper and directions where to move the jumper for slave mode. Move it on top of a white cloth since it is easy to drop.
    Turn off your PC
    Next open the case.
    Touch the power supply to discharge any static electricity.
    Next locate the cable that goes to the C drive.
    The cable will have another connector on it.
    Install your 'slave' drive.
    connect it to the cable.
    Plug in the power supply plug.
    Close the case
    Boot your PC
    Open Windows explorer
    Switch to the slave drive
    Now you should be able to see what is on the slave drive.

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