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jermlove

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I recently built a new computer with entirely new parts and installed my old hard drive as a slave. I have files in My Documents that I really need to get to, but I don't even remember what I named the computer when I installed Windows on that hard drive. The hard drive refuses to boot on its own, so I am assuming that the boot sector is screwed up.

It reads fine as a secondary drive or even booting up when I have a second drive with Windows already installed. Unfortunately it still boots up using the second drive's registry information for Windows, so I still can't access My Documents.

My roommate keeps telling me I can mount the drive and rip the RAW data but he doesn't know how to do it. Can someone help me in my quest to retrieve my lost information so I can reformat my old hard drive without losing my precious data?
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I've also tried booting up in Safe MODE and as the Adminstrator. Neither of these helped.
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questions:

did your old drive ever work as a slave?
does your new computer boot up?
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