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My Desktop PC is dead but I'd like to retrieve the data in it....

By fcui21 ·
how do I go about doing this?? I have a dead Emachines w2888 Desktop (only a 2 1/2 years old mind you) that won't power up for anything. I have analyzed my options and went with the best one and that is to purchase a new PC vs trying to revive this one. With all that said, I still would like to keep the data that's in this dead PC. Someone here on TR advised me to create a "slave drive" to keep the saved data (pictures, documents, etc.). How do I go about getting this done? I'm not an expert on PCs but I'm not a novice either. I'm a quick learner so if someone could show me the light I would really appreciate it! There are just way too many pictures of my 8 month old daughter in the PC to just allow it to go to the dumpster. Yes, my mistake for not backing up my data but to be honest I'm done kicking myself :)

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if it helps

by Neon Samurai In reply to My Desktop PC is dead but ...

You should definately at least run with two partitions (seporate logical partitions rather than seporate physical drives). I run with C: for programs and Windows and for my computer games and other saved files. If Windows bakes itself, I whipe c: and start over without loosing more than my program config settings.

What the other's mention is for transfering or adding your current saved data to your new machine.
- remove the hard drive from the eMachine
- confirm or change the drive jumpers too "Slave" setting
- put the hard drive (or have your shop do it if there's warrenty involved) in your new machine as a second physical hard drive.

The first drive in your new machine should already be set to Master so attached a free power feed and the free plug on the drive cable and your set.

Possible issues may be if the new machine is useing SATA drives and the eMachine used IDE drives. You should still be able to put the drive in as a slave but I'm not sure of the specifics when pairing an IDE with a SATA.

Hit google for a search or two "installing slave drive" "partitioning drives" "installing IDE hard drive with SATA drive".

If the eMachine won't boot, it may simply be a burnt power supply which means you have two machines for the cost of a new PSU (150$ish I'd guess). I'd tell you to send me the eMachine but I'm not paying the purolator bill for it though I would recommend finding an electronics or computer disposal place rather than sending the eMachine to landfill.

Cheers, hope something in my rambles helps and post back if it doesn't as there's many here more knowlegable than me.

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Got it but...

by fcui21 In reply to if it helps

probably a dumb question, but does it matter what operating system I'm going to be using the slave drive on? In other words, my dead PC had Windows XP could I use that on the new PC that has Windows Vista as long as the type of drive matches (SATA or IDE)? Or I have an older PC which has Windows 98, could I try to move the hard drive to that as a second physical drive?

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by deepsand In reply to My Desktop PC is dead but ...

I suggest that you try the "Questions" forum. The "Discussion" forum is for matters of general discussion, not specific problems in search of a solution.

Post problems such as this to the "Question" forum, rather than the "Discussion" forum. There are those who specifically seek out problems in need of a solution, and that's where they go to look for such.

Additionally there are the benefits that:

1) The "Questions" forum provides for your feedback, by way of your being able to mark "helpful" responses as such. This does not necessarily mean that a given response contained the complete solution to your problem, but only that it served to guide you toward it. This is intended to serve as an aid to those who may in the future have a problem similar to yours, so that they might have a ready source of reference available, thereby perhaps obviating the need for them to repeat questions previously asked and answered.

2) The revised TR makes it quite difficult to find both "Discussions" and "Questions" that have not had a fairly recent post, owing to some functions comingling them in the listings. By keeping each type in their respective forums, it is easier for all to find what they are looking for.

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Thank you Deepsand...

by fcui21 In reply to Suggestion

for the very useless reply. lol

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And, no thanks for your obvious disregard for TR's efforts ...

by deepsand In reply to Thank you Deepsand...

to get members to follow their guidelines.

Take a look at Beth's message on the Forums page at

You'll find that there are those of us here who do not lightly suffer fools.

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