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How to Get Data Off?

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#1 entrancetolight


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Posted 23 September 2012 - 04:41 PM

Hey Y'all

So I have a previous hard drive from an old desktop that I just put into a recently acquired desktop and it wont' boot up. How do I get the data off that hard drive before I reinstall Windows? I don't have an external hard drive. Only a laptop and a Ethernet cable.


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Posted 23 September 2012 - 04:49 PM

You'll need an external enclosure or dock that uses USB to access for the hard drive. Then you'll be able to access the data as if it were an external drive. I don't know of any other way with the limitations of whats available to you currently.

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Posted 26 September 2012 - 03:26 PM


Do you have local network with a router where you can connect both machines the Desktop and the Laptop?
Do you have plenty of free space on the laptop to save all the files from the old HDD?

If you answer Yes to all the questions then you could boot the desktop with a Linux live CD and copy files from the old disk to the laptop using the network.

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