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Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:20 pm
by mkmurray
RussellHltn wrote:What I've done is use a USB to IDE adapter and just connect the old drive as a external hard drive on the new machine. An external drive enclosure could do the same thing.

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I would strongly recommend you not try and do anything about reviving the drive in the old computer. If it's become this bad, it won't hold together long enough to do a recovery. It may even scramble the disk.
I agree with this advice, it's really inexpensive to do and it's safe.

I have an empty external drive enclosure I keep around just to rescue hard drives. The particular enclosure I own can do both SATA and IDE. This is the one I've owned for over 2 years and still going strong (although, apparently it is a deactivated item on Newegg.com now; it's got all the right specs to be very flexible): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6817423006

As for your idea to use the DandC89 credentials, I think you may have it confused. This is not a password, but a username, and I don't believe it's an available username at boot time either.

Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:22 pm
by russellhltn
mkmurray wrote:As for your idea to use the DandC89 credentials, I think you may have it confused. This is not a password, but a username, and I don't believe it's an available username at boot time either.
On a Desktop 5.5 machine, it's THE local administrator. You'll notice there is no user called "Administrator". That's because it's been renamed to DandC89.

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:05 am
by jdlessley
The replacement computer will most likely be a Dell Optiplex 740 which only has the SATA drive configuration with no support for PATA (IDE) drives. Using Russell's recommendation of an adapter would eliminate the need for a third computer with an extra PATA connection. Just connect the PATA drive from the old GX270 to the new 740 using the adapter and transfer the files.

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:06 am
by mkmurray
RussellHltn wrote:On a Desktop 5.5 machine, it's THE local administrator. You'll notice there is no user called "Administrator". That's because it's been renamed to DandC89.
Right, and my point is that it is not a bootup password, but a Windows account username.

Posted: Mon Aug 10, 2009 11:37 am
by russellhltn
OK, scrolling back, I can see you were correcting cougarfan. The password for the administrator is one of the mysteries of the kingdom. ;)