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how can you recover data from a windows 2000 server using scsi?

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hi everone.
i am trying to recover data from a 10 year old failing server-turned-standalone workstation that uses SCSI.
I dont have adapters to convert it to usb or sata...or ide.
I have tried

installing another NIC and putting it on the network and pulling data using a crossover cable but couldnt get the other computer to ping. (i used static IP's).

I tried using a USB external (3 different ones, known good) but w2k doesnt like it. it makes the HDD make an atrocious noise then it doesnt recognize.

tried booting in safe mode w/o luck

no dvd burner/cd burners will work bxc there is no software. nor is there any software that i know of that supports w2k server sp4.

one of the cpus are failing and there is a constant alarm. i could care less about the alarm as all im trying to do is pull a 69mb file from it then scrap the computer.
the computer turns off at random intervals (i assume because it is so old and the cpu / hardware is at its end of life).

im unable to get it on one of our networks as of right now, but i was wondering if anyone had any other ideas for how to get this data off of the computer.

i am technically not allowed to put the computer on our network because of the security or lack thereof, so that is technically out of the question.

ideas?
its a dell poweredge 1600.
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Turn it off immediately.  The noise indicates a head crash or something similar that can only be addressed via a recovery lab.  This is not a do-it-yourself situation.  Unplug the disks DO NOT POWER UP FURTHER ... and take it to your favorite data recovery lab.
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why could i not remove the scsi interface and try plugging it into another computer? surely there are other options beyond just paying someone else money to do this..
our company has a division that is dedicated to repairing computers....
this computer needs to be thrown off of a balcony, so i don't care if the mobo and one of the 4 cpus crashes...they just want one file off of the computer...then its byebye historical icon.
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i put the scsi hdds in another server. recovered data immediately.
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sometimes the answer is right in front of you.
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