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Need computer tech brain trust assistance

I walked into my office this morning to hear grinding*. It was coming from my old computer. This is a machine at least 6 years old, so I don't plan to do anything to continue life support. What I do want to do is to get the data off of it. What method do people recommend for backups these days? Both the old computer and my current one are Windows XP.

* And not a good grinding noise, either. As the old saying goes, "Nine megs for the secretaries fair, Seven megs for the hackers scarce, Five megs for the grads in smokey lairs, Three megs for system source. One disk to rule them all, One disk to bind them, One disk to hold the files, And in the darkness grind them."


Mar. 20th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
To attempt to access the data on the grinding drive, you need a working computer, the grinding hard drive, and one of

Please know, though, that once a drive starts grinding, you might not be able to get data from it. You will be able to hook the grinder up to a working computer with the adapter kit I linked to, and still not get anywhere. If that happens, you're looking at either a) giving up all your data, or b) sending the drive off to a clean room data recovery lab ($1000+ charge for that).