Hi :) My big gaming computer just died. I need a suggestion...

@nyssa102 (748)
United States
July 7, 2012 6:00pm CST
My gaming computer died. I need to get the files off and put them on another. YES I know, I never thought it would die so never made backups...VERY STUPID, Next time I'll buy a Maxtor or something to back up my files. Anyway, I bought a boot disk, I did a diagnostic and basically, my power and memory are fine. My only problem, it seems is windows, as I cannot boot up even if I hit the f8 key. and when I do the repair option from the boot disk, I get nothing, or when I choose the restore point option on the boot disk, it tells me there is not enough resources to boot up. I KNOW there is a product on the market, my friend got it as best buy, that you can plug into your dead computer, and retrieve the files (at least that is how it was explained to me) When I went to the store, they knew nothing. Question, is there a device where I can get my files off of a dead computer? and if so, what is it called and where can I purchase it. Thanks so much! I need this computer because the Graphics card supports Mudbox. Any help greatly appreciated.
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@petersum (4525)
• United States
8 Jul 12
The only things that makes a gaming computer is the video card and an extra meaty power supply. Otherwise, your computer is quite normal! All you need is a second hard disk that you can install Windows on. A small 10 or 20 Gb disk would be quite sufficient. Once Windows is up and running, you should be able to see the original disk and everything (except Windows) should still be there OK. Finally you would make a disk image of the new Windows intallation and copy it over to the original disk.
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@nyssa102 (748)
• United States
8 Jul 12
Ahhh yes, I know. I'm into 3D modeling and video gaming is my major at school. My Nividea card was also dying, as the fan had just passed away, lol. I kept my speccy active (nice little program, free from cnet.com for guaging the temperature of your computer systems) to make sure it never overheated, as I used an external fan to compensate. Sad thing is that maya and especially mudbox really need that graphics card. maya will choke on a regular card, but it will work, whereas Mud box will not open at all, and my free trial of Zbrush ended. I will take your suggestion seriously, A second hard disk and the ISO image sound like good ideas, thanks so much for taking the time to reply :)
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
8 Jul 12
There are two ways to get your files from your computer, one, get your hard drive off and plug it into another working computer as a slave then from there you could access your files and recover whatever you need and back it up to any media you prefer as long as it fits (I would suggest to an external hard drive). The other, get a Hard drive external case. This is a case that converts ordinary hard drive into an external hard drive making it USB type. Once it is in, you again need another working computer to access your files and do the same thing I have just stated a while ago. Well, I hope that helps. Good luck!
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@nyssa102 (748)
• United States
9 Jul 12
Thank you so much Choybel! I appreciate your post! I'll look into slaving my computer, sounds like a plan. Thanks so much! Take Care!
@choybel (5059)
• Philippines
12 Jul 12
You are always welcome. I am just glad to be able to help in any way I can.
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• Philippines
7 Jul 12
I'm sorry to hear that. I never heard that device before so I think that there is none. Have you ever bring it to a technician? They can help you.
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@nyssa102 (748)
• United States
8 Jul 12
thanks so much, I miss it as I can't do what I'd like on this smaller computer. As for a tech, that's something I can't afford. Way out of my pocket range at the moment. Thanks for your suggestion! I really appreciate it :)
• South Africa
20 Mar 13
Sigh dude... Just put your HDD into a friends machine. Backup the files then format reinstall and copy the files back. yes it will take the whole day and no its not fun.
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@Zer0Stats (1316)
• India
10 Jul 12
Did you try reinstalling the OS? If that did not work then tried installing the fresh copy on the same or any other drive?
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