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    Resident Grandpa marv's Avatar
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    I'm back up on the old desk top I built over ten years ago. Whew........

    When it crapped out, the early indication was a failure in the motherboard because it wouldn't boot up. It turned out to be a head crash while writing to Windows while saving system settings during shutdown, destroying my system. I was ready to get another motherboard, but got a Dell to bridge me over while I fretted over the home built.

    I was on the verge of trashing the old desktop, but thought I'd give a try at recovering the four hard drives first. So I picked up a Sabrent 3.5 hard drive enclosure (ECS-U35K) from Amazon for $33, which included shipping. I recovered three of the four hard drives. so I'll trash the bad one.

    One that I recovered was the C drive with Windows XP Home Edition. On a hunch, I reinstalled Windows, and it became a very good day! I'm glad that I kept that OEM Windows disk! I already had a ˝Tb Buffalo external drive, but I think I'll keep the Sabrent as another external hard drive - with removable storage. That way, I'll have more flexibility. And from now on, all important stuff goes on external drives.

    Now I just have an extra Dell 745 desktop. My wife has an HP POS she does her church work on, so she doesn't need one.

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    Like you said, a good day!!
    May the FORCE be with you!
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    You had a better day then I did.
    The electric dryer we have been using gave out awhile back so I got our gas drier out of the storage building, it was a brand new Maytag used only six months back in 1998 but when we sold the rent house and moved back out here we no longer had natural gas.
    I took it down to Maytag last week and had them put in an LP kit so we could use it on propane.
    I got it all set up and put a tank outside with a new regulator but when I started it up it blew acorns, pecans , coins and other crap some of it shiny out the vent. it would appear a pack rat got into the vent and has been using it for a treasure chest.
    I got most of his treasures blown out and it started to heat and then it fired another handful of acorns out the vent and quit heating. i guess I have to take the dang thing apart.
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    And encourages me to get an enclosure and strip those 6 HD's laying on the shelf to see what I still may have.
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    The Sabrent writeup at Amazon says it's for 3.5" HDDs. One of the drives I recovered was a 5" drive. So I plugged the connectors up to the drive, but didn't put it in the case. Worked fine - but not advisable for external storage without the case........

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    I've done that for years more with laptops than with desktops.
    Microcenter sells 2.5 IDE and SATA USB enclosures for 5 to 10 bucks.
    I have one USB 3.5 enclosure but all I do with that is transfer the data to a 2.5 then usually get rid of the 3.5. since the 2.5 will run on USB power and the 3.5's require an external power source.
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