My very ancient desktop PC finally gave up the ghost and I now have a laptop. I want some of the files from my old PC. Is there some gadget I can get to attach the hard drive to my laptop so I can get my pictures and word/excel docs? Or can I put the hard drive into another desktop and access the files I want that way (I could email them to myself).
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It would help if you gave some details...laptop or desktop, does it do ANYTHING, when does boot stop?
If NOTHING happens, you may have a dead motherboard (lap/desk) or a dead battery/charger (lap). If it beeps, you may have bad ram (lap/desk) or bad keyboard. If it starts to show Windows on the screen, but stops before the normal Windows background shows, you have corrupted files and need to repair or reload Windows.
Best answer I can give you considering you gave no info about the problem.
Either backlight is dead ( shop job ) or the graphics chip gave up the ghost ( on mobo graphics , laptop is junk ) Use it with external monitor and a VGA->VGA cable to see if the thing is worth saving . Run EVEREST HOME diagnostic ( free ) to check graphics hardware..................
This could be as simple as a missing file from the operating system, or as severe as a total hard drive failure.
I'd start by trying to boot from the recovery CD and chose the option to fix the operating system - rather than an all out recovery which will delete all your files on the PC.
The other option is to "slave" the hard drive inside another desktop machine - this way you should be able to access your files through My Computer and copy them to a flash drive or CD. Then you can restore the hard drive using the CD as mentioned earlier.
If you are using "Norton Ghost" then it is similar to a standard backup/restore programme. Open Ghost, select all of the files you require, if it is a programme that you want then you must include the Windows directory and System 32 directory as there are files the computer requires to register the programme again. Usually Ghost is used to replace all of your data on the hard drive. If you have additional files that you wish to keep, backup those files first, then you can add them to your recovered hard drive. Hope this helps.
i thnik you are recalling of a computer image , there is one programm i like that is called norton ghost , you can take a snapshot of a praticuallar time of all the files , porgrams, data etc, burn it on a dvd or put it on a network drive , it works real fast ot recover the system and flawless
Ghost saved the drive information in an image file. Whatever you named your backup you would see *.gho, *001.gho, *002.gho. That is your whole hard drive in a spanned image file. Ghost Explorer is what you need to open and view these images and you would be able to extract files as your would from a zip file. There are no restore points as you would think using Windows Restore. Only the raw hard drive information as it appears on your dive now. I'm not sure if Ghost Explorer is provided with the home edition as I'm used to the enterprise for my work.
let me know if this helps
You could consider making Ghost CD's but that wont get you back to a factory setting, So if your computer is having issues Ghosting the system wouldn't be the best option. If you are interested in Ghost check out Norton's website. You could contact emachine and see about getting replacement CD's. Hope this answers your question.
I have used norton ghost to do just what you're wanting to do.
1)run ghost on a desktop pc,hook your 60gb hd to your pc as a "slave"(using adapter).
2)"clone",or"create image"of the hd to a folder (on desktop)
3)swap hd's(on desktop)
4)format new(250gb)drive as "ntfs"
5)open ghost,and do a "restore"-of the saved image folder-TO new hd,re-install new 250gig in laptop.
-now you will have a back-up(old hd,AND image file folder.
first be sure the drive is a vaible drive.....meaning it should be in it;s originbal PC it came out of and able to boot up on the installed OS. If it can then you are in luck..... install the drive you want to copy to as a slave and use a program like DriveCopy or Norton Ghost to copy the entire drive.....or if you are just after select files, you can use the copy/paste method to the drive. By trying yo use the drive in a different PC it will not boot since it has the other PC's drivers on it =( If the drive will not detect in it's native machine then most likely the drive is lost (unless you pay to clean room recover the contents....spendy!) Let mem know if you need more help!