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    I have the hard drive from my old computer. The hard drive contains some pictures that cannot be replaced. I need to know if there is a way to retrieve the pictures and save them onto my new computer. Any ideas? Keep in mind that I am techno challenged.

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    [quote name='Gypsy' date='26 March 2010 - 07:56 PM' timestamp='1269658604' post='133642']

    I have the hard drive from my old computer. The hard drive contains some pictures that cannot be replaced. I need to know if there is a way to retrieve the pictures and save them onto my new computer. Any ideas? Keep in mind that I am techno challenged.

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    Is it an IDE or SATA....Either way, if it has the wide ribbon, next to your existing ribbon to the computer, there should be an identical slot, just plug it in. Same same for a SATA. The puter will do the rest.

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    [quote name='michaelr' date='26 March 2010 - 11:02 PM' timestamp='1269658972' post='133645']

    Is it an IDE or SATA....Either way, if it has the wide ribbon, next to your existing ribbon to the computer, there should be an identical slot, just plug it in. Same same for a SATA. The puter will do the rest.

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    I'll try it, thanks!

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    [quote name='michaelr' date='26 March 2010 - 07:02 PM' timestamp='1269658972' post='133645']

    Is it an IDE or SATA....Either way, if it has the wide ribbon, next to your existing ribbon to the computer, there should be an identical slot, just plug it in. Same same for a SATA. The puter will do the rest.

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    Plugging the power cable in as well might help.



    Just look at whats plugged in to the existing hard drive.



    And turn off the power switch on the back of the computer when your doing stuff like that.

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    Plugging the power cable in as well might help.



    Just look at whats plugged in to the existing hard drive.



    And turn off the power switch on the back of the computer when you doing stuff like that.

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    oh ya, the power cable....call it a homer moment....

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    I use old hard drives as storage and have noticed swapping them out a lot sometimes coincided with

    a DVD drive inexplicably becoming unusable on my system. That said, my computers are always home

    made so they probably have a lot of "issues".

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    I use old hard drives as storage and have noticed swapping them out a lot sometimes coincided with

    a DVD drive inexplicably becoming unusable on my system. That said, my computers are always home

    made so they probably have a lot of "issues".

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    I have always built my computers, all but my last on. It lasted 366 days, my warranty 365. Man was I pissed. This one is sweet, and I even pay for higher speed cable internet. I think it is about 100Mbps how ever they write that.

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    They also make inexpensive IDE (what your old hard drive probably is) to USB connectors.



    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812232002



    It's $20 you probably don't want to spend but it'll also prevnt you from mucking about inside your computer. And as an added benefit you can use that old hard drive for regular backups, etc.

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    [quote name='bla bla' date='26 March 2010 - 11:26 PM' timestamp='1269660366' post='133652']

    I use old hard drives as storage and have noticed swapping them out a lot sometimes coincided with

    a DVD drive inexplicably becoming unusable on my system. That said, my computers are always home

    made so they probably have a lot of "issues".

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    With old hard drives this is because IDE devices worked on a channel with one master and slaves (I forget the exact specs). Anyhow the problem normally is if you look at the jumpers on the back of the old hard drive it'll be set to "master" (you normally need to find this info in the manual, it was only in the past 5 years that a lot of manufacturers smartened up and started putting their jumper pinouts on hard drives). Set it to "slave" or "auto". In short, your DVD is often set as the master as most PC manufacturers safely assume that'll be the one device that stays in your PC sinvce swapping out hard drives is much more common than swapping out hard drives. That wasn't always the case which is why shit happens.

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    Pam another rationalization for that $20 --- I have been opening up PCs and mucking around with them since I was a freshman in high school (1988). I can count on one hand the time I've opened up a computer to do something and it's gone swimmingly. Lost screws, stretched cables, etc. That $20 represents an opportunity cost for you for NOT having to open that sucker up.



    Too bad you don't live close I'd just let you use mine.

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