Hello mr/miss JP Kennedy1..the very fast solution to get you're files at hard drive is HDD enclosure 3.5 SATA or IDE..if you not Familiar of this enclosure just search about of this..if you're mother is not realy yet working so this is only the way and fast solution about youre files problem...Thanks and Good Luck..^_^
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If your motherboard or computer has crashed and you need to retrieve data you can remove the hard drive and hook it up to a portable USB hard drive adapter. Available most computer stores. Set the hard drive to Primary if it is ATA. Hook it up to the hard drive and plug the USB into a working computer. Open "MY Computer" and you will see the new drive on the list. You can now access the files on the drive just they were on a floppy or CD.
are you sure that it your hard drive since you have not stated what is happening with your computer i have to make a guess
One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect/ boot up Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA the leads from your motherboard to your hard drive make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they are probably old and faulty ? hope this helps
You will have to pull out the Hard Drive and put that in another PC as a second hard drive. Then also using that computer you can just scan your entire drive and save anything you need to discs, or an external USB hard drive is handy then you can simply swap them back to your new computer. Cheers from Scott and plz vote
If you have no post then the motherboard is most likely shot or having a conflict. If your using AGP card and have another expansion card in the first expansion slot the Graphics card will not work because those two slots share IRQ's. Remove all expansion cards except the Video card and remove any floppy, hard drive or CDROM and all ram from the machine and see if you can at least get a post and access to the BIOS. If you can boot to post it is a matter of isolating what is causing your problem by connecting 1 item at a time until it stops working. Until you can get a POST the motherboard, for all intensive purposes, is dead.
It appears the motherboard is dead.
My choice of motherboards are Gigabyte, MSI, and Intel, there are a large range of models from these manufacturers, check the specifications and select one that meets your requirements.
I don't know if the Dell has standard mounting holes, I suggest you take the Dell the mounting plate with you when you select your motherboard to see if the mountig holes are suitable.
You may need to upgrade the switch mode power supply as well.
Sounds like the power supply or the motherboard. If you have another computer available, you can test the power supply. Just "borrow" the power supply from the other computer. If it still won't come on, then the motherboard might be bad and you'll need replacement.
If you swap the power supply and the motherboard is bad, you will not hurt the working power supply. The motherboard is already dead and won't feed back to the working power supply.
Also, if you have flashed your BIOS recently and it has not completed successfully, you might have a dead motherboard and you will need to replace it. You would know if you flashed or updated your BIOS chip.
You said you hooked up your hard drive to another system, so I'm going to assume everything displayed properly and all that. You might not necessarily have a dead motherboard. It could very well be that your display is shot, which is $200+ to replace.
One way that might help you tell if its a motherboard problem or not is when you turn on the laptop if the hard drive indicator doesn't blink the way it normally does when it starts up, then it's probably a motherboard problem.
1. I need to know the brand name , model number , or motherboard you have
2. I need to know what operating system you are using
and when you say open , in what manor do you mean open , in what way are you attempting to open the drive and with what program , so far it looks like you may need to reinstall the computers operating system from scratch , because something is dead wrong , and it looks like a file system error , as if your computer operating system is no longer able to access files properly.
I consider your situation unresolved at this time untill you can give me more information.
I'm trying to reach guru status here in order to help people like you in a far more proper manor.
My old motherboard V2DP is dead, I need the exact same motherboard to replace my old one. If I can get the same motherboard then my main hard drive will think that its the old motherboard and then I can access my data files for MYOB and Windows XP, without reformating the hard drive I have none of the data backed up anywhere and can not locate my original XP Disk.