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    My old computer has been sitting around not being used since I got my latest one 2 years ago. The other day I plugged it in and tried to start it up because I want to see if there is anything I want to pull form it before I reformat the drive and give it to my church.

    Well, I hooked it all up and pushed the power button and nothing happened. Dead as a door nail. The power supply was only about a year old when I stopped using it. Where would I start to get it going?

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    My old computer has been sitting around not being used since I got my latest one 2 years ago. The other day I plugged it in and tried to start it up because I want to see if there is anything I want to pull form it before I reformat the drive and give it to my church.

    Well, I hooked it all up and pushed the power button and nothing happened. Dead as a door nail. The power supply was only about a year old when I stopped using it. Where would I start to get it going?

    Well, the main thing you might try is first making sure the power switch on the power supply is in the "on" position. It's a simple mistake, especially if you've been handling the unit a lot or it's been bumping into stuff for the last 2 years.

    You could also try flipping the switch to "off", unplugging the cable at the power supply, plugging it back in, then switching it back to "on". I had one PS that was on it's last legs and would sometimes trip a circuit breaker or something and wouldn't work unless I did that.

    Finally, you could try pulling the door off the CPU and making sure that the jumper cable from your power button is still plugged in.

    If it's none of those, you'd probably need a new power supply to get it working.

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    Buy yourself a new external hard drive enclosure. Take out your hard drive and copy any necessary files to your new machine. Then give the whole busted thing to your church. Somebody skilled in IT will tear it apart and get it working.
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    Buy yourself a new external hard drive enclosure. Take out your hard drive and copy any necessary files to your new machine. Then give the whole busted thing to your church. Somebody skilled in IT will tear it apart and get it working.
    Can I do the same thing by opening up my working PC and hooking the old hd in as a slave and getting the stuff? A friend told me that is a way to do it, but I've never done it before.

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    Can I do the same thing by opening up my working PC and hooking the old hd in as a slave and getting the stuff? A friend told me that is a way to do it, but I've never done it before.
    If I follow you, you could do that. But why? Anthem's method is as easy, if not easier, and allows for flexibility (using the HD with a laptop or other HD for example).

    The only benefit using it as your slave drive (or secondary master depending on your setup) is not having to buy the case. But the case is pretty cheap and is cheap insurance against having to open your current machine up to connect this drive (and potentially unplugging something else by accident or damaging something with a static electricity charge or physically breaking something in those tight quarters).

    The beauty of Anthem's method is, for one example, let's say you have several video/DVD and picture files you'd like to share or show to someone. Instead of burning these off on disc after disc you could just take your HD in it's case and a USB cable to your friend's house, plug it into their USB port- and there's the files you wanted to show them. Accessible on their own computer. They can copy them if you want...etc... No fuss, no muss.

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    What Bball said.

    There's another thread about this around here, but basically you can get a good external enclosure for $20 on NewEgg. It's absolutely worth it.
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    Thanks guys I'll check that out. At work we are going to be using video clips in our training classes and that may be the best way to store and transport them back and forth.

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