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Old 06-17-2013, 01:35 PM
 
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Is it possible to take the memory out of one computer, install them in another computer and have access to the information on those? My Dad's computer crashed and we need to access some information on his computer.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:03 PM
 
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Memory? No.

Hard drive? Yes, if the drive itself is OK.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:44 PM
 
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For the cost to have someone else do this for you, you can get an external USB Hard Drive dock and do it yourself. The dock allows you to plug the hard drive in and access it like an external hard drive. The new one's are for SATA hard drives, not the older IDE drives.

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Old 06-17-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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on the hard drive it is, when you say memory, most people will think of RAM vs the hard drive which is the storage device
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Old 06-17-2013, 08:39 PM
 
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As Blackscorpion indicated, most people will assume you are talking about RAM when you use the term "memory" even though both RAM and hard drives are memory (thus you are technically correct).

Your dad's data is stored on the hard drive (which is usually only referred to as memory by technical people). If the hard drive is physically undamaged it is very possible to get the data off of it by putting it in another computer (as a secondary drive). Depending on whether there is any logical (non-physical) damage to the data, it may be a simple or slightly complex process.
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Old 06-17-2013, 09:59 PM
 
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Your dad's data is stored on the hard drive (which is usually only referred to as memory by technical people).
I don't know any technical people who refer to hard drives as memory.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:01 AM
 
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FWIW before we had hard drives, RAM was used as temporary storage memory to load up the OS and temporary storage of data until saved to a floppy(before shutting down).


Also FWIW SSD's and thumb drives are RAM in their own specific manners.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:07 AM
 
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I have an external hard drive--assuming the hard drive is ok, I should be able to use that to extract information, correct? I'm not sure what all is going on with the computer, the computer is not here. I just know that it won't boot up fully.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:28 AM
 
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I don't know any technical people who refer to hard drives as memory.
Now you know of the one that does, they are very few are far between.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:53 PM
 
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I don't know any technical people who refer to hard drives as memory.
I work with a lot of technical people. I've seen the term "memory" thrown around for all sorts of addressable and non-addressable storage mediums (including hard drives). Most often when they're talking to other technical folks. I'd be surprised if a computer engineer or computer scientist didn't use the term to refer to a hard drive at some point. It's computer architecture 101.

Computer users (everyone from end users to computer enthusiasts to support staff) typically restrict the term "memory" to volatile memory used for temporary storage.
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