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I installed a usb external hard drive (from dead pc) to copy files from it.It shows up as a disk drive, but can't open it. I haven't used the install disk from Mad Dog because I don't want to erase the existing files. How can I copy these?

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Both systems are XP, loose drive is SATA and I don't have access to another machine set up for SATA to try it on. That's why I tried the enclosure (which is SATA or IDE and works with another IDE drive).
The dead PC is Dell Dimension 8400 & won't boot from onboard drive or Dell disk, tells me "missing or corrupt Windows\system32\config\system file". I was just trying to figure if the drive was bad or what.

Posted on Jun 28, 2008

1) what are the operating systems on the old (dead) and target systems?

2) Try it on a second working system?

3) This sounds like an OS related problem (if it's not a dead hard drive problem). If you're running Windows, the newsgroups/forums run by Microsoft are actually pretty good. E.g. if you're using WinXP, try
microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics or
microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware
They can give you help in diagnosing the problem.

Posted on Jun 27, 2008

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