His computer turns on, the fans blow for the CPU and power supply, but that is the only sign of life it makes. The screen doesn't even come on. I tested his computer with my monitor to make sure his monitor wasn't broken. Same, nothing. No error messages either. I put in a PCI video card just to make sure his onboard video wasn't broken for some reason. Again, nothing. It's as if either his hard drive is completely toast, or his motherboard is toast. Or else the power supply was dead. Inside his computer it was pretty clean looking. Anyway, I'm not trying to fix his computer, but salvage if I can, 14 years worth of his files.
My computer is Windows ME, in that case how would I go about reading his NT drive and getting files copied over to my FAT32 drive? Is there a software for reading that type of file system?
I had an old 40 gig FAT32 drive burried in my closet. I was able to install it as my second hard disk (D: drive) today. Now I have two hard drives working. I made sure to put the jumpers on the slave position and hook up the "slave" IDE cable to the new drive. Now that I've sucessfully done that, and have two working disk drives in my computer, my next step is, I'm hoping, to swap out the 2nd hard drive and place my friend's XP drive in there and recover his files.
I just don't know if I should do that right now... rush in there and do it... or first come on here and get an opinion, because I may require some special program to read his NT files system.
Would this work?
Edited by LostInSpace2012, Yesterday, 06:31 PM.