My father in laws computer has just stopped working. It won't load XP Pro in either last known configuration or in safe mode. He has some important business docs he wants to me save.
If I put his hard drive in my hdd enclosure, is it likely I will be able to recover the files in his My Docs folder.
Is it also better to just buy a new hard drive and try to recover the files from old hard drive - or to copy the whole of the 'dodgy' drive onto an external hard drive and reformat it to reinstall windows on.
I've tried to copy the files from the hard drive with my hdd enclosure but my father-in-law's machine is not recognising the drive - showing malfunction error. When I reinserted my SATA drive that was already in the enclosure, the laptop sees it straight away.
The old hard drive is only 14 months old, but sounds like the bearings have gone as very noisey. It's a good job we live near a PC World as I bought a replacement drive just in case. If there was no urgency, it would have been bought online!!
It sounds as if you are trying to copy the files to your father-in-laws 'broken' machine, but the suggestion here is that you put his hard drive into the enclosure and then attach it to your own PC to save the files onto your hard-drive, from where the files can be further manipulated as required.
The broken PATA drive is from my father in law's desktop (Boot HDD). I've taken it out of his machine and connected it using my USB HDD enclosure to his laptop. I do need to check his slave D drive just to check that one hasn't gone too!!!
The laptop doesn't recognise the boot drive as says USB error / malfunction. But when I connect my own SATA drive that was in the enclosure, the laptop sees it straight away.
Not expecting much luck from PCW if I take back the hdd after 14 months, even though I agree the drive should last longer.
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