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I'll get right to it. My family's Acer desktop just today decided it would be a good idea to stop outputting video.... It's using the integrated graphics on the board to a VGA. We tried two different monitors and two different cables, reseated a bunch of components, and reset the BIOS clear jumper. Nothing.

So I think we have dead onboard graphics. I went on Newegg and bought a cheapie 775 M-ATX Board to replace this one and an OEM version of Win7 (we'd been meaning to upgrade anyway). But here's my question: How do we get the data off the HDD? Will the Win7 OEM wipe it out completely? We're going from 32-bit Vista to 64-bit Win7, so I think a clean install is needed....

I would just boot it up and copy the files to an external...but it won't POST, so.... Oh, and if it matters, I have a lappy with an e-SATA port. Dunno if that helps. Thanks guys.

EDIT: System Specs:

3 GB DDR2 @ 667
Intel Pentium E2160
300 watt PSU (bleh, I know)
Acer Mobo (Whatever they use....)
250GB Seagate HDD SATA
Edited by coachmark2 - 8/2/11 at 9:55am
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The win7 install shouldn't wipe it unless you format the drive.
     
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Oh, and if it matters, I have a lappy with an e-SATA port. Dunno if that helps. Thanks guys.
take the HDD out, hook it up to your other computer and you can pull the data off. it will be easier to this with a desktop though since you can just plug the sata and power cables in a your good.

dont know if the e-sata will help much since you need a power cable for the HDD

EDIT: make sure your boot order is correct cuz it may try to boot from the drive you put in. you can always put it in while the computer is already on as well, just plug it in when you get to the boot screen
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Just looked into in....a SATA cable will not fit an E-SATA connector...

I guess we reinstall and pray that OEM Win7 doesn't wipe the drive...
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Originally Posted by coachmark2 View Post
Just looked into in....a SATA cable will not fit an E-SATA connector...

I guess we reinstall and pray that OEM Win7 doesn't wipe the drive...
it WILL wipe the drive.
the only way to reinstall Windows it to format it.
you should try removing your HDD and backing it up.
if you have important stuff on there, it WILL i repeat WILL get deleted.
can you even get into your BIOS?
cuz reinstalling Windows isn't going to happen if you can't see anything.
it's most likely hardware related.

EDIT: The ONLY way to keep it from writing over things is if you correctly partitioned it and have seperate partitions - one for OS and one for data.
anything that you put on your OS side will get wiped
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