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removing photo's from ME computer

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May 13, 2013 12:34:15 AM

Please help. I have an old ME computer with precious photo's on it. Its CD burner is broken and it's not connected to the internet. It will not recognize external hard drives or USB sticks. I need to get these photo's off this computer before disposing of the computer.
May 13, 2013 12:55:59 AM

Take the HD out and put it in an external enclosure to copy the files to any other computer. If you don't have an enclosure and don't want to buy one, you can install it inside another desktop computer too. It won't try to boot off of it. You will be able to open all the folders and copy the picture files like normal. If you open a desktop, don't even bother physically installing it, just hook up a sata (or IDE) and power cable and let it rest carefully inside the case somewhere that it can not touch any circuit boards or other connectors, copy the files and disconnect. Done!
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May 13, 2013 1:09:17 AM

avjguy2362 said:
Take the HD out and put it in an external enclosure to copy the files to any other computer. If you don't have an enclosure and don't want to buy one, you can install it inside another desktop computer too. It won't try to boot off of it. You will be able to open all the folders and copy the picture files like normal. If you open a desktop, don't even bother physically installing it, just hook up a sata (or IDE) and power cable and let it rest carefully inside the case somewhere that it can not touch any circuit boards or other connectors, copy the files and disconnect. Done!


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May 13, 2013 1:11:53 AM

Thank you for your prompt response, avjguy2362. I probably should have mentioned that I am not a computer whiz! I'm not sure what a lot of those things mean. Is there an easy way or a layman to copy these files? Computer shops are quite expensive :-)
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May 13, 2013 1:13:17 AM

The computer is so old that it won't recognize my external hard drive or any of our USB sticks.
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May 13, 2013 1:39:14 AM

If it is really that old, there really is no easy way to get the files off given the optical drive does not work. Finding drivers to update the USB would probably be too frsutrating and time consuming to attempt at your user level. How comfortable do you feel in opening the case to remove the Hard Drive? It is probably an IDE hard drive. This is easy to recognize because they have the very wide ribbon cable ( usually gray ) attached to one end and a standard 4 pin power connector. If you are going to throw this computer away anyway, then you don't have to feel to intimidated to try this. Just make sure it is unplugged from the wall and find the screws to take the case cover off. Then look for the Hard drive. They are approximately 4"wide X 6"deep X 1"thick. The 4 pin power connector will come off with a little tug, but the ribbon cable may take a little muscle. You can use pliers on the black plastic connector if need be. just grab it in the middle and wiggle up and down until it comes off. Then find the four small screws that hold the hard drive to the the case. There are two on each long side. Pull it out and then we will go to the next step!!
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May 14, 2013 4:24:28 AM

Thank you for your time.
I will try it tomorrow after work, if I'm game!
Do you think I may be better off to take it to a computer shop?
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May 19, 2013 4:58:39 PM

sparkleban said:
Thank you for your time.
I will try it tomorrow after work, if I'm game!
Do you think I may be better off to take it to a computer shop?


Based on your lack of expertise in this area, I"d recommend going to the computer shop to have them do it. Price it first, though. And I wouldn't throw away that ME computer, I'd give it to someone before I did that.
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