Having problems with your Gateway 310 XL (310XLSP) PC Desktop ?

Need to recover data from gateway 310xl. motherboard shot. hd good. any ideas?

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Unplug the hard disk and put it into an external USB disk case.

Now just plug the disk into any other computer.

If you have Windows encrypted data on the hard disk, it's more difficult: the new computer will not be able to read the data.

Start by doing an exact copy on another disk, just in case. Then you can try swapping the COPIED disk with that of a working computer, the more like a 310XL the better, and do a "OS repair install". This will safekeep user data, identity and crypto keys, and allow access to the data. If it goes wrong, you only screwed a copied disk, not the original, and can retry regenerating the copy and maybe virtualizing it with QEMU or VMware.
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