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Fried Motherboard I broght the whole tower to her friends (Embry Riddle Aeronautical University) at first they thought it was the power supply, after purchasing a new one I brought it back to them at which time they said it was the motherboard, I am, of course, assuming they checked the hard drive. If it is the hard drive and not the motherboard is there any way to retrieve the information off of it? FYI... I have 3 other working towers but none of them have the same connections for the hard drive as this one. Maybe I should go out and purchase a hard drive and see if that does it?

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If the hard drive has completely crashed, it will not be possible to retreive the data from it. If it is a situation in which the boot sector has become damaged, it may be repairable. Yes, I would try a new hard drive before you go with the motherboard diagnosis. They may be completely correct, however, I did have a faulty hard drive that displayed the exact same symptoms you described. If the new drive works, you just need to see if someone can salvage the data off the old one. If it IS the motherboard, your data should still be safe. If it is NOT the hard drive, be aware - you will have spent money you will not be able to get back.

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