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Data retrival from a Hard drive

Discussion in 'Software' started by d_mcgrail, Feb 1, 2010.

  1. d_mcgrail

    d_mcgrail Nibble Poster

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    Ive got a PC that is completely kaput and need to get the information off the hard drive I remember trying this a few years ago but the user profiles seemed to cause issues when trying to retrieve the information. If anyone can suggest how i get round this that would be great.
     
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  2. Boycie
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    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

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    Hi,

    Providing the operating system (and environment) will help!

    If we are talking about a home environment (and assuming it's the operating system has corrupted and not the drive failed) then the norm is to plug the drive in as a slave on a working machine using something like this.
     
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  3. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

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    What issues?
     
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  4. j1mgg

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    As long as there is no encryption you should be able to attach it to a working machine(assuming it is an xp drive and machine) and log in as the admin and it should be fine to access.
     
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  5. crazy horse

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    The answer above is exactly what I would do. But if you don't have the hardware and the drive is intact (e.g. its the OS causing problems) you could boot into a linux distribution connect a portable HDD and copy the data off. If I use this method I tend to use Puppy OS would do the job. (if you use this method, remember to not install over the top of Windows :wink:)
     
  6. zr79

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    Parted magic ftw!:D
     
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