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File transfer from dead pc to another pc ?

Is it possible to transfer files from my old pc thats dead into a new pc .........apart from the fact it starts up and the fan works and makes all the usual noises it just wont respond ive been told its kaput....probably needs new mother board ....its not worth spending on as ive had trouble with it in other ways before it clapped out, but it would be good if i could retrieve some or all the files ...mainly photos, and put them in my new pc.



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  • roverboy Oct 19, 2007

    Thanks for your help and speedy reply....Very best wishes from roverboy



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Hello, I have a Dell precision 470 that has a problem booting.

When I press the power button, the machine sounds like a jet on the runway ready to take off.

The machine does power on but with a loud fan noise and no video display at all.

The power button is yellow and the diagnostic lights are green, yellow, yellow, yellow when powered on.

Thanks in advance.

Posted on Aug 05, 2009



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It doesn't sound "kaput" it sounds like there's a graphics card issue or something. If you're just worried about the files you could take the hard drive out of the "kaput" computer and install it into the new pc. Just make sure to set it as a slave (not master) on the jumper ports on the back, or it'll fight to become the dominant hard drive to boot off of.

You might want to get a second opinion on that old pc (depending on who told you in the first place). If everything sounds normal, it's just not responding it could be anything really. It could be as simple as getting a new graphics card. =\

In any case the hard drive should still be fine. If you don't like the idea of taking apart your new pc, you could install the hard drive in another old pc (a friends or whatever) and take the files you want from there, put them on a removable device or burn them to a CD, then put them on your new computer.

Hope this helped!

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