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Disk drive problem.

By skorekeep ·
My system, stable for quite a long time, suddenly froze and then tried to reboot itself a couple of days ago. Some investigation indicated the SATA interface on the mobo had died. A new mobo got past that problem - I created a new Windows on another hard drive.

Now I need to open the old SATA drive to copy off files from it. When I plug it into the SATA on the mobo, the system refuses to boot. It freezes with a blank gray screen right after it complete the Windows startup screen (the one with the waving Windows logo and the blue progress indicator. If I pull the old disk out, the boot is normal. The BIOS seems to see the disk, but Windows doesn't like it for some reason. What is the best way to access the disk and copy files?

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I had a similar problem.

by Ron K. In reply to Disk drive problem.

I bought an external SATA USB drive housing for my old drive to retrieve my files. I think it cost around 30 bucks.

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Another option

by NickNielsen In reply to Disk drive problem.

Leave the new drive in as SATA 1 and install your old drive as SATA 2. The PC should boot to your new drive and you will be able to transfer the files from the old drive.

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