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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."

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allah_sulu
Mar. 20th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
If your hard drive is not accessible anymore, you could try moving it into another PC. If you don't have any of the data transfer capabilities I listed above, you may have to beg, borrow, or buy them.

If the hard drive is simply dead, it may be too late. I lost a lot when my HD died in November (with absolutely no advance warning!)