Faulty motherboard, but want to copy HDD

By anh1965
Nov 17, 2006
  1. The motherboard on my friends PC is completely gone, but the data on the hard disk is needed on a new one.

    What's the best way to copy data off an old HDD when the new PC is set up?

    All details, or pointers, much appreciated.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    You can just take the old hard drive and hook it up inside the new computer, be sure to get the correct jumper settings. The old one is likely jumpered to Master, so if its not going on its own seperate IDE ribbon you'll need to set it to slave.

    After that its just a matter of finding the files that you want copied over. There is a chance you will run into ownership issues and not have access to the directories in which the files are contained. If that is the case please read: How to solve ACCESS DENIED error when accessing data from different XP/2000 install.
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,392   +107

    You can buy HDD external case for less than $30 bucks at Compusa and put that HD in the case (very easy to do) Doesn't take a rocket scienist to figure it out. Now you can connect either USB 1 or USB 2. The drive can be used as NAS or SAN for backup.
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