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Checking a hard drive in diff comp and OS


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#1 Jeff27589

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 02:01 PM

Hello , I had a house fire and my computer got damaged mainly on the outside cosmetic and melted the front panel with power on and off button the dvd drives etc... my question is upon opening it and looking inside of it everything looks to be in pretty good shape I am trying to find out how I can check and see if my hard drive in that computer has any recoverable data , it was a dell pc with Vista OS  , I now have a HP with windows 7 , is there a way to do this ?  Thanks for any information



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 02:52 PM

You can put the hard drive in your HP. Then turn on the computer and go into the bios. From there, it should be listed under the storage tab, or any tab that shows what is connected. If it's showing up in the bios, then Windows should have no problem detecting the drive, and mounting it for you as an secondary drive where you can see the data.

 

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You will need the proper connections to do this. If you old hard drive uses an IDE connection, then you will need an IDE cable in order to connect it. If the hard drive used a sata connection, then you'll need a sata cable in order to connect it.


Edited by chrisd87, 13 September 2013 - 02:53 PM.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 07:26 PM

Thank you Chris, I wasn't sure if I could do that seeing as it has a different OS on it 



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 07:29 PM

The os doesn't matter. If you were going to use it as a primary hdd then it would, but since you already have a primary hdd with win7 on it, then using that drive as a secondary won't hurt anything.


Edited by chrisd87, 13 September 2013 - 07:29 PM.

"Like car accidents, most hardware problems are due to driver ɹoɹɹǝ."

 





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