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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-28-2007, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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extracting files from old hard drive

i have an old hard drive from a desktop i would like to remove all audio, video, pics from. the comp is no longer working at all. is there a way to do this?? the hd is a western digital 160GB 5400 rpm drive. not sure if that makes a difference, but thought i would include the info. thanks to anyone that can help!!

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There are two comon ways to extract info

1: hook the drive up as a slave to another PC

2: Use an external enclosure where you will atach the drive to any pc using USB or firewire

I prefer the external enclosure route, I have just bought another one recently at CC for $20. Just extract the info you need then format the drive and use it for external storage. 160GB of external space is perfect for a backup drive.
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ok, i just tried to power on the old comp one last time hoping it would work (optimistic i know!!). it came up stating S.M.A.R.T. status bad, Immediate back-up your data and replace your hard disk drive. A failure may be imminent.
sooo, a bad hard drive i assume?? any way to extract data now. the comp freezes once i attempt to go any further.
2nd question, could i simply replace the hd and the comp will work again? thanks again
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I think you may have first install the Windows XP/VIsta Ect.. software for the hard drive before installing/connecting it into the computer to do anything to the new hard drive, and then install/connect it into the computer, I may be wrong, I learning off of this thread at the same time, Ilearn little by ittle with cpu's, and I love it!, Good Luck!
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another question. i currently have an extra 80GB hard drive as back up in my current tower. can i simply swap this into the non working comp or should i format the hard drive first? TIA
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format the HD first!
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ok, i formatted the drive and placed into new computer. tried to use the 3 install cd's that came with the system but no luck. only cd's that came with the comp. possible other hardware error?
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If the OS is on one of those CDs, it MIGHT work. It all depends on if it's a regular install CD, or just an 'image' of the HD (sometimes called a "Recovery" CD.) If it's an image, you will most likely need a HD AT LEAST as big as the original to get it to work. If it's a standard Windows install, there should be no issues, unless you have other issues with the hardware, or the CD is damaged some-how.

If you have any specific errors that come up, let us know. First question, Is the computer even booting from any of the CDs?
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the comp will boot from the cd's. the cd's are just restore cds. i formatted and stuck in the hd. it then booted from the cd's, ran some symantec (?) ghost writing thing. said general error 3800, but then said successful restore, eject disk and reboot. did that and then it simply froze at a black screen right after the emachines logo appeared. the original software was XP home. i don't have a home cd now, but my cousin has one i am going to obtain today. should i just try a fresh install with the xp home cd? thanks for the continued help...
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I would just use the Home disk to put a fresh copy of XP on the computer. That will be the easiest. Sure you won't have all the extra junk that comes with the Emachines like it came brand new, but most of that stuff is useless any way. IMO.
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i switched out the old HD for a new formatted one and ran windows. i get the following BSOD.
***stop: 0x0000007E (0x0000005, 0xF7c8D577, 0xF7D3AB00, 0xF7D3A7FC)

*** serenum.sys - Address F7C8D577 base at F7C8B000, DateStamp 41107b2a

anyone have a clue what this means??? thanks again...
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i searched around the net and removed the old ram and installed a new stick. i now get
PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA

***STOP: 0x00000050 (0xFFFFFFF8, 0x00000001, 0x80838AFB, 0x000000000)
i have rebooted a few times now and still get the same error.
any thoughts as to what this is? or should i simply give up on this e machine comp??
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the comp will boot from the cd's. the cd's are just restore cds. i formatted and stuck in the hd. it then booted from the cd's, ran some symantec (?) ghost writing thing. said general error 3800, but then said successful restore, eject disk and reboot. did that and then it simply froze at a black screen right after the emachines logo appeared. the original software was XP home. i don't have a home cd now, but my cousin has one i am going to obtain today. should i just try a fresh install with the xp home cd? thanks for the continued help...
The Symantec Ghost is the key thing here. It's an 'image' of the original HD, and you are getting the error because the HD is not the same (or larger) size as the original. Ghost is REAL picky about that...

Unless you can get your hands on another 160Gig drive, you won't be able to use that install (restore) cd.
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i searched around the net and removed the old ram and installed a new stick. i now get
PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA

***STOP: 0x00000050 (0xFFFFFFF8, 0x00000001, 0x80838AFB, 0x000000000)
i have rebooted a few times now and still get the same error.
any thoughts as to what this is? or should i simply give up on this e machine comp??
You could give this a try...
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/329293
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is there anyway to determine if the mobo or processor, or some other hardware is bad? i can get another 160 HD, but that money could be place towards the cost of a "new" comp, is it worth it? i just figured something else was wrong considering i reformatted the new 80 GB HD in another comp and tried a clean install of XP and kept getting stop error messages. i think i may just throw it on ebay and let someone else deal with it. i have a working older gateway tower now, i just thought i could get the e-machine up and running. taking up too much of my time. thanks for the continued help!!

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