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3 Ways to Retrieve Files off of a Dead PC’s Hard Drive



1 – Remove the hard drive from the dead PC and install it as a secondary drive in a working desktop computer.


Once the drive has been electrically connected as a second drive you’ll be able to copy the files you wish to save onto another drive using normal Windows file copy techniques.


The advantage of this method is it will cost you exactly nothing except for a little time and effort. There really are no disadvantages that I can think of.


2 – Use a USB to SATA adapter cable to connect the drive to a working computer’s USB port and then copy the files you wish to retrieve to another drive.


The advantage of this method is you won’t have to open up the working computer’s case in order to connect the drive to the PC. The disadvantage is it will cost you a few bucks to purchase a USB to SATA adapter cable.


3 – Remove the hard drive from the dead PC and convert it into an external USB hard drive.


Once you have installed the drive in an external USB hard drive enclosure you’ll be able to plug it into any open USB port on any working PC and copy the files onto another drive. You can even leave the drive in the enclosure and use it as an external storage or data backup drive if you wish.


As with method 2 above, the advantage of this method is you won’t have to open up the working computer’s case in order to connect the drive to the PC. The disadvantage is it will cost you a few bucks to purchase an external USB hard drive enclosure.

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