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I took a friends dell 8400 dimension home because after a storm it would not power up. I found three problems with the computer. one, powersupply/two, bad memory/three the hdd (sata). Fixed the first two but having problems with the third. When I called dell's tech they said to do a system restore. All the data will be lost, I know. However; before I do that is there a way to by an external drive case and but the drive in it to get the data. Or, can I add it to another machine. Any help would be great.
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If you have another computer that uses SATA its possible to take the data off the drive by adding it to the computer. The only problem i see is if the drive has lost its partition info even the other computer won't see the drive. The bios will see it but windows will not. I have not tried this with SATA drives so you may get a window where the computer wants to know if you want to dual boot with the new drive. I would stop this from happening.

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On my second computer my sata drive is a secondary drive. Do you think I will still have the same problem that you are talking about?
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No, you will not have that problem. I assumed that all your HD's were sata as i don't mix ide and sata HD's when i build computers.

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No, my primary is an ide and my secondary is a sata. When I bought the machine satas were not really out yet. With that said the sata pci cards has a couple of slots for me to use. I should be able to plug in and go right?
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Yes, you should be able to do that.

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Thank you for your time and information. I will give this a try and will see what happens.
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