My sons Dell computer has died on him and Dell are going to repair it ,but he wants to know how on earth can you get a back of the hard drive now the unit is dead,he cannot get past the the start button. they are going to change the motherboard and all the data will be lost if he cant find a method to extract the data prior to the repair
Depending on the type of hard drive i.e IDE or SATA
There is two ways you can do this.
1) With both machines turned off. Open the case of the dell machine and locate the hard drive. If it has a flat wide grey data cable going into the rear, it's an IDE hard drive. If it has a thin wired cable running into the rear, it's a SATA drive.
This method presumes it's an IDE hard drive.
a) Open your case and look at the rear of the optical drive ( DVD ). Is it the same flat wide ribbon cable? If it is, ease out the ribbon cable ( note it has a red stripe down one side ) and ease out the 4 pin power connecter.Then take out the cable and power connecter of the dell. Place the computers side by side and place the ribbon cable and power conncter frm your DVD into the dells hard drive.
Power up the machine and look into my computer for the drive. Transfer data across to your hard drive or burn to disk.
If it's a SATA drive
b) Take out the data cable from the motherboard of the dell and plug it into your motherboard. Add a power connecter from your power supply. Start your machine and transfer data as above.
The second option, if the cables will not reach, is to take the drive out of the dell and move it to your machine. You do not have to screw it into the case, just lay it on some cardboard so the drive will not short out.