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My friends PC will no longer boot, basically before we recover it we want to get the data off his HDD's. as they are sata i thought if i plugged them into my computer it will detect the drive and we can get the files off them.

On hard drive we can access fine, except it has no files of importance on it. The other hard drive when we plug it in (it has the OS on it) for some reason mky pc will not boot.

Please help guys,

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My friends PC will no longer boot, basically before we recover it we want to get the data off his HDD's. as they are sata i thought if i plugged them into my computer it will detect the drive and we can get the files off them.

On hard drive we can access fine, except it has no files of importance on it. The other hard drive when we plug it in (it has the OS on it) for some reason mky pc will not boot.

Please help guys,

Nostrano
If the HDD that has the OS causes your system not to boot, it may be the little onboard card that's shorting out your PSU and causing your system not to boot, meaning the HDD is effectively boned.

Does your PC not boot to windows, or does it not even POST? if it posts, and goes past the POST, you can boot to a boot disk, and than use a boot disk OS transfer files.

try using his PSU to power the hdd, but using the sata cable to connect to your computer. LMK
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Check in your BIOS. If BIOS can read the model of the hard drive, then the hard drive should be physically fine. You should be able to plug it into another computer and take the files off. Also, make sure the BIOS is not trying to boot the "bad" drive as the primary.
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The bios can read the model and the boot priority is definitely set to my Raptor, the HDD spins up still and even if it tries to boot to the "bad" drive it will post, just not boot to the OS
    
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Have you tried an external enclosure?
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I tried the sharkoon quickport, but that said i needed to install the drivers for the Hard drive :S
    
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You can boot to a Linux LiveCD and mount your files to transfer them. Should be able to transfer from the bad drive to your Raptor with no problem.
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explanation please?
    
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I'm not sure if you're familiar with Linux or not, but if you're not, then try out Ubuntu from here. When you download the disc, burn it to a disc, leave it in your drive, and reboot. Make sure you set to boot to CD/DVD drive first and let it start up. It'll start up Knoppix(it doesn't install it to any of your discs or anything, so don't worry about that). Let it boot up. After it's up, you should be able to browse to your drive (normally something like /dev/hda1). Right-click and click "mount". Shouldn't have any problems up 'til now. Then just browse and copy to an external or your boot drive or wherever you're going to back up the data and you should be good to go. Let me know if you have any problems. You could also try giving UBCD a try.
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WOW, i just tried booting off the broke HDD, it gets past the xp loading screen, then the screen goes blue and restarts almost instantly
    
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