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How to transfer files to external harddrive - NO OS

By FileTransfer
Nov 4, 2007
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  1. I want to remove the files from an old PC that had Windows 2000 but crashed. The machine now has no OS and no internet access.

    How do I get into my files to transfer them to an external harddrive?

    Help would be very much appreciated.

    I want to reload Windows but I understand that reloading the OS will delete all my old files.

    Thank you.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Two options really.

    1: take the hard drive from the old computer and connect it to another machine either directly or using a USB hard drive enclosure.
    2: Boot an operating system on the old computer using removable media. A CD-based Linux distribution or Windows PE for example.
  3. FileTransfer

    FileTransfer TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Got in once a long time ago and copied some files...

    A super-tech friend who is around no longer, told me a way to get into my files. I managed to do this once a long time ago and copied selected files onto a CD.

    Problem is that I cannot remember the method or instructions. I think I managed to bypass all the system screens that appear now to access my files.

    Does anybody out there know how to do this? Can anybody help?

    Thank you.
  4. PBNinja101

    PBNinja101 TS Rookie Posts: 72

    Google this: CIA Commander - you boot it and can browse any harddrive.
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