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Optiplex 790 - Remove System Drive (Use It To Extract Files)

Hi Gang

Rather than Delete/Erase a system drive that has 'Windows 7 Pro', I'd like to actually keep it in order pull/copy files off it.

I'd rather do a 'NEW' Windows Install on a 'NEW' System Drive, enclose the old system drive in a powered external enclosure, then simply navigate to various folders pulling off data to be copied to the New System Drive.

Sound Reasonable/Possible?

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6 Indium

I have done that many times and still have external drives that have come in very handy when I needed an old file.




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6 Indium

I have done that many times and still have external drives that have come in very handy when I needed an old file.




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Great idea and a Happy New Year to you as well!




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9 Rhodium

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Data recovery easily done by using OEM WINDOWS DVD to reinstall OS on Brand new drive and recover data from the old drive using USB Drive dock.  When a drive is failing is not going to be helpful to try this yourself.


Reference Table of ePSA, PSA Error Codes, and Troubleshooting Steps (2000-0NNN Series)
https://www.dell.com/support/kbdoc/en-us/000181167/

2000-0141
.Drive 0 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-0
Alert Failed to Detect one or more drives during POST.
Strike the F1 key to continue. F2 to run the setup.
Press F5 to run onboard diagnostics.

Your system BIOS is reporting that no Hard Disk Drive is being reported. Repeat the PSA diagnostics. If a known good hard drive is available, see if the good drive can be detected in the computer or try the suspect drive in a working computer.

OEM DVD for reinstall using SATA OPERATION AHCI
https://www.newegg.com/p/N82E16832350238

2TB HDD

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H2RR55Q/

USB Drive Dock

https://www.amazon.com/FIDECO-Dual-Bay-External-Duplicator-Function/dp/B07D6L5CJF

Should you have any further questions or concerns please contact Dell Support or PM @DELL-Cares  with your service TAG. Note that support from Dell on 5 to 20 year models is NOT Free.


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9 Rhodium
 
Thanx for all the additional information. I've formatted many times before. This time
I think its best to keep the Old Drive 'intact' I will not erase it ....
 
Happy New Year!
 
 
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