OK, I should know better, since I've had a number of hard drive crashes in my life, but I had a PC die today and need to get some data off the hard drive.
Here's the deal --
-- one of my pc's refused to boot up today. I kept getting a "blue screen" boot error, and was unable to boot up either the regular way or through safe mode, nor could I reboot to a restore point.
-- luckily, I had already purchased a new PC, so I got it up and running, and I found most of my files on an external hard drive that I had most of my *old* files.
-- however, since I'm lazy and stupid, I don't have *any* files backed up since February, nor did I back up my email files. That's that I want to find -- the files I hadn't backed up from the past few months, plus the email file.
I am pretty sure the hard drive from the computer that failed is still in good shape and all the data is there.
Rather than send it to a $$$$ data recovery service, I am wondering if I can just get a cheap external hard drive enclosure, set the old hard drive up inside of it (set up as a slave, right?) and then pull the data from it?
Won't the hard drive still function OK, even if the hard drive refused to boot up the computer it was installed in? (I was getting an error message about a BIOS error, though I can't remember the details now...).
Thanks in advance for your help.
Bike related content: I missed getting a ride in today because I was screwing around with PC's all afternoon.