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Startup problems/compaq presario 8000 series

I have a (6 - 7 yrs.old) Compaq Presario 8000 series running XP that will not start up. I disconnected everything to lay down a new floor. When I connected everything back the start up light would just pulsate,same as the small light in the rear of the tower. There is no sound whatso ever. I'm sure it's the power supply gone bad. I tried different cords ( same pulse ) holding the startup botton in - checked inside to make sure nothing came loose, but still nothing. I've bought a new computer but would still like to try to retrieve the information from the old hard drive without spending to much more money. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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  • rsotosr388 Jan 15, 2009

    I can remove the hard drive.But the new computer is a Dell and runs Vista. Will it be safe to do this without damage to the new computer ?

  • rsotosr388 Jan 15, 2009

    My Dell is an inspiron 530 with 4g. of ram and 640 hard drive. I checked to see if I could exchange the hard drives but found it a no go. The wiring harness on the Dell is different.

  • rsotosr388 Jan 15, 2009

    BillW50 / Your post sounds interesting, Thanks. Can you clarify exactly what it is that I should look for and where I could find it.

  • rsotosr388 Jan 16, 2009

    BillW50 and crayzeetrayn - Your help is most appreciated.You gave me great suggestions for my problem. I've decided to go with the hard drive enclosure, (already picked one out). Thanks again.

  • Jay Glendenning
    Jay Glendenning May 11, 2010

    BillW50's advice is a well guided solution, I would suggested the same, but I will not detract from my colleague.

    Rate him a FixYa


  • BillW50 May 11, 2010

    Or buy an external USB case (making sure you get the right PATA or SATA type for the drive). That way you can use any computer to read and write to it. And use it later for a backup drive for all of your data.

  • Jay Glendenning
    Jay Glendenning May 11, 2010

    Yes .. the only issue may be that your new dell may not have an IDE channel available .. What model is your dell so I can lookup the specs

  • Jay Glendenning
    Jay Glendenning May 11, 2010

    Are you savvy enough to take the hard drive out of the old computer and hook it up as a slave drive in the new computer?

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Here is what I mean. You don't have to get one here, but here are what they look like.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/category_slc.asp?CatId=2779&name=3.5-Enclosure-IDE&Nav=|c:2778|&Sort=0&Recs=10

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