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windows xp lost files 7 years work on them
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Posted July 26, 2012 at 12:10AM
we lost some files for windows xp. my pc man says he can copy my old hard drive onto a new pc. i have to buy a pc from him (£100 dearer than online) plus set up and copy charges. he says if he rebuilds windows xp i will lose the files. so i can get my old pc rebuilt after the hard drive has been copied in total.
my question is , is this sort of service available now and is it reliable. i'd like to have options other than my usual man because , he is working full time and has lost his car.. i am without a pc and i need my files for my work. I have done rough bits of back up, but could never really do a full back up. i'd like to have a choice of where i can get this done and choose my own pc from whatever is available rather than being stuck to what he offers. linda
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Posted July 26, 2012 at 12:23AM
So are you saying the PC has died but the hard drive is OK? Or is it just not booting/working?
If you do need a new PC, you can buy any and install the old drive as a 2nd drive in it. You will be able to see all your files in new locations such as F: or G: or whatever (new PC would probably be using C:, D:, E:)
Or if you buy a laptop, you put the old drive in an external USB caddy and can see it there.
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Posted July 26, 2012 at 6:09AM
Go get your self a click drive for future use,now you know the impotance of doing a backup.one plug into the usb port and dependant on the amount your about to save takes minutes,although the initial backup might take a little longer.It never ceases to amaze me how people don't back up important data,when it's gone it's gone.
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Posted July 26, 2012 at 1:51PM
There are several options available, similar to the advice already posted.
I would boot from a Linux Live CD and copy the entire contents of your existing HDD to an External HDD / USB stick depending on amount of data to be copied.
You could then plug the External HDD into another PC and see if the files you want are present and useable. (If they are not then you need to look at data recovery specialists and in the mean time do NOTHING to the drive to maintain the best chance of recovery. About £300 depending on the amount of data to recover but most offer a free diagnosis service.)
If the files are present, as I suspect they will be, your options include buying a new PC. I would hesitate to open the case on a new PC as it may invalidate your warranty, use a USB caddy / adapter to plug in the existing HDD.
With the HDD copied to the External HDD you could rebuild Windows XP and then move the neccesary files back.
What part of the country are you in?
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Posted July 26, 2012 at 4:23PM
A linux live cd is created by downloading an .iso file and burning it to a cd. I recomend Puppy Linux - it looks a bit basic but is easy to use. The various drives are shown along the bottom of the screen and you can easily drag and drop to copy the files.
Your XP PC needs to be set to boot from cd and it will take a little while to boot, accept the defaults as it boots.
USB caddies / adapters are available from Maplin or try USBNOW.co.uk
I am in Perth, so a bit too far away to offer to pop round and assist. Am away to work now, will check back in the morning to see if you need more help.
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Posted July 26, 2012 at 5:07PM
Could you please say in ordinary terms what you think has happened to the PC? Any lights or strange noises? Is anything at all showing on the screen You might just be able to resurrect your system and the world would seem to be a nice place after all!
Is it a PC or a laptop? Is it a proprietary name brand, if so what make/model is it? Finally, which version of Windows are you using?
If everyone agrees it is dead, the HD may still be OK, but these extra details will aid all those hoping to help without going up the wrong alley.
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Posted July 28, 2012 at 10:46PM
and to add to Diemmess's post - it's not hard, once side is off tower, just two cables to pull off the back of Harddrive and four screws to undo. Then put in caddy.
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Posted July 29, 2012 at 10:10AM
I was unable to find a simple step by step story of how to remove the precious HD, needing only a small X-point screwdiver!
To start, do not try any more to boot the PC, you may actually lose some of the files you want to rescue.
The age of your dud computer means it almost certainly has an IDE or ATA hard disk. That doesn't matter until buy the case to hold and hopefully run it like any other extra drive plugged in to a computer that works.
So unplug everything so that you can handle its heavy box and get at it easily on a separate table.
Now look for screws on the left side of the computer as you face it. Really old computers had a variety of screws and things to undo, probably to deter meddlers, but yours will have two or four which will secure either a panel which slides off or (on oldest ones the whole top and sides will be removable).
Hopefully you know what your HD looks like, so remove two plugs from the back of the HD. You will see a similar arrangement to the back of your CD drive. One cable will be a sort of ribbon with many wires in it, the other will have a white plug and red black yellow and white wires. Each may be tight to remove but persist with a firm wriggle. the HD is ready to be removed from the computer. Again there is a variety of ways used by manufacturers to hold the drive in place but your ingenuity and pioneering spirit will find the way yours is secured.
Above all, a friend who has done this is worth everything for support.
If you get this far then I or someone else will take you over buying the USB enclosure/box/case, and fitting your rescued drive inside. Good luck and keep us posted.
If this all works out for you can eventually dispose of the original drive and fit a nice new one to carry copies of your files available on a drive which can be plugged in to another computer as needed.
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Posted July 29, 2012 at 10:43AM
Hi Linda as a silver surfer who plays around fixing friends and neighbours 'broken' pc's I have helped people with your problem a few times. As previously said by the good people on this site your existing hard drive can be simply and safely removed from your pc. It can then be connected as a 2nd. drive inside another pc or using a caddy to connect to another pc. I prefer to connect it inside another pc myself. I have talked my sister, who lives in Somerset whilest I am near Gatwick airport, through removing a hard drive and carrying out the things you need to do. I have used a free downloaded prog to recover all the files from a hard drive claiming to be unformatted. I am not really sure whether you have established if the hard drive itself is ok and windows is not loading or if the pc itself has died. If you want to have a go I am happy to be on the phone to guide you. Howard.
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Posted July 29, 2012 at 3:52PM
Having read through the rest of the posts I would go this http://www.maplin.co.uk/usb-2.0-3.5-inch-hard-drive-housing-32139
I would not add your old HDD into your Windows 7 PC initially. Once you have recovered your files I would format the old HDD and with it still in the housing, use it as a backup drive that is then stored away from the computer.
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