Getting old photos back

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I had a desktop PC that I stored a bunch of photos on, in a new folder on the desktop. It no longer works, but I would like to get these pictures back but don't know how. Is there any way to retrieve them?
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  • TheRealRaven
    It depends on why it "no longer works". If the hard drive had a failure that interferes, it's likely that only a professional service could recover anything at all. If the hard drive is in good condition, it can simply be removed and plugged into a working system. No recovery would actually be necessary once the drive is attached and active; it can be used like any other drive on the system. (But best would be to copy the files to a secondary location for insurance.)

    Drives might be installed directly into a new system if the hardware is compatible. If not, there are various adapters for probably any drive technology that would attach the drive to a USB port. Effective adapters can be bought for $10-$20US.
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  • ToddN2000
    What no longer works? If you have some skills, and it's not to hard, you might be able to to buy an external enclosure and remove the drive from the old computer and attach it to another to get the pictures off as long ad the drive is not damaged.

    Provide more details as to why it no longer works. There is most likely other alternatives.
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  • Laowens43920
    I think it was the PCI card? I don't know. I'm not very tech savvy hence the dumb question.
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  • ToddN2000
    If it was the PCI card (graphics), then you could just replace it with a new card and everything should be the same. If you changed the card to a different model/brand, it should load the new drivers when you start your system after the switch.
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  • Laowens43920
    That would be nice If I knew what to get/how to change it. I had it custom built from a guy I no longer have contact with and as I said I'm not tech savvy even in the slightest plus it's an older one that isn't worth paying big bucks for someone to fix.
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  • ToddN2000
    You said it's old if that's is the case it may be best to upgrade. If you are going to go with another custom built system make sure you get one that has an open drive bay in the tower if it's a desktop. I have had custom system built mail order and now a days they are not much cheaper than the local shop that builds them. If he is local then support may be better because he does not want a bad rep. You can always have the local PC shop remove the drive from your old system and add it as a slave to your new machine and be able to use the data on it. Some of those shops offer services that will transfer the disc contents to a new computer. It's not terribly expensive.
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