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Put an old HDD into a different PC as a slave to recover data only.

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I have an old Dell Dimension E521, desktop PC that won't connect to my monitor. I used every VGA signal troubleshooting tip I can find with no success. So I'm wondering can I simply take the HDD out and put it into my other Dell PC and transfer the data and personal files? 

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Yes you can do that and transfer your data files, most programs can't be transferred this way only settings if you know where/how the programs store them...

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