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Need to recover data from a dead computer

By knethery
Oct 19, 2006
  1. I upgrade my own memory, and add hardware like dvd burners, card reader bays ect. Have decent general computer knowledge. I use my comp to run several accounting programs, I do the books for 3 family businesses one fairly large. I always back up on a flash drive.

    My 18 year old son bought himself a new computer and wanted to transfer files to his new comp so I let him erase and use my back up flash drive....(it is starting to sound bad...right) It was taking too long so he hooked his old comp up where mine was to put it on the network and tranfer files over the network. Unknown to me he took my power cord out of my UPI and plugged it in a cheap power cord to reach his old comp. When he plugged my comp back in it fried my motherboard (2 hours after I eraserd my back up!!!) then he plugged his old comp back in and fried his mother board his was a nice pavillion he was giving to a younger brother. I don't want to invest a lot of money in my comp as it is not worth it I would rather upgrade. I bought a hard drive case with usb capabilities which I was assured that I could access my files from. It turns out because I had an administrative password that I can't access any files that weren't already set up to be shared. I am running windows XP. There is no way to replicate all the accoutning records they are priceless. Can I do anything to retrieive them short of spending $300 and up on a 2 1/2 year old computer to replace the mother board. (it was a cheap emachine T2482 with upgrades). I also have a huge music collection as my 3 teens and I all have various ipods. I would hate to have to go through and transfer my cd's back on and buy MP3's again.

    I though I read some where you could change the file indexing or something and not need passwords I am not sure how to do this.
    Thanx Kim
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

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  4. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

    or you can buy recovery software from www.getdata.com

    How is the HDD Dead. Does it not boot up at all? Is it noisy?

    If the heads are sticking to the platters, drop the HDD horizontally from about 6 inches on a padded surface. This temporarily unsticks the heads and allows you to use the drive long enough to retrieve the data to another drive or media
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