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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64

    Create an external drive from a hard driveHard drive crash

    Hard drive crash enquiry

    My hard drive recently crashed on my desktop running XP and due to the discontinuation of support for XP, I decided to upgrade with a new motherboard, memory, hard drive etc., now running Win 8.1, which has been working fine so far. My problem is that there is data and pictures on the old hard drive which I would like to recover. Can someone advise whether it would be practical to re-install the failed drive along side my new HD in my desktop and reboot as normal and then try and access the failed drive like an external drive? I have already tried booting from the failed drive alone which did not get past the BIOS stage before switching off. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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    Windows 8.0 x64

    IIf the drive is Sata I or II then you can get a USB 2.0 Docking Station for around $20. Plug it in the USB port and slide the drive in. See if you can read it. If it doesn't work the dock is still handy to have.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit

    You could hook it up internally as a slave. If it hasn't failed mechanically or become corrupted it should be viewable in Windows explorer.
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    IF you can't simply read from the drive, then it's time to try some data recovery apps.

    Based on my experience at doing this successfully, my suggestions are the following:
    1) Download and install the trial version of RecoverMyFiles from Runtime Software in MS Windows.
    2) Right-click the RecoverMyFiles shortcut and select "Run as Administrator"
    3) Select the option to Recover a Drive
    4) You will get a list of drive, scroll down to find the one for your USB stick or memory card
    5) Select Automatic Driver recovery, press Start button
    6) It will run for a while but when done, will show a directory tree in the left pane. Do NOT interrupt it.
    7) When done, browse the folders in the directory tree -- and be SURE to check the filesizes of the files you want to recover. If the filesize is zero, the file is trashed and you will NOT be able to recover it.

    If the files look OK, you will need to contact Runtime Software to purchase a license for the recovery. You won't have to reinstall the app; instead, they will email you an activation code which you can use to turn on the recovery feature.

    According to their website, the "standard" version of the app is $70 USD. They also have a Pro version for $99 dollars, but if you go to the website below, you can compare the features and (at least for me) the extra cost wasn't worth it:

    Purchase Recover My Files data recovery software

    Your data ... your money ... your choice.
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