Soni, on 10 October 2012 - 20:17, said:
If I was to take out the hard drive, I have another 10 year old xp machine but how would I connect the hard drive up whilst running that machine from its xp hard drive and access my vista hard drive from the knackered pc?
This is actually along the lines of what I was thinking.
If you have another PC, just put in the hard drive from the current computer. It should just show up as another drive. Should default to whatever the next letter is you have available, like E:\\ or something along those lines if your old computer has a optical drive as well.
Copy over your important files to the old computer, put the newer drive back in the other computer, reformat with a fresh install of Windows.
Copy files over from older PC to external drive, hook external drive up to newly formatted computer, copy files back over on the newly installed version of Windows.
Should be relatively easy, albeit it a bit time consuming, unless I am missing something painfully obvious.