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PC Fan has died, how do I get the files off of the hard drive.

Posted by: Claire W.      21 Nov 2012 @ 13:18
PC Fan has died, how do I get the files off of the hard drive.

My pc fan died this morning, looking for an easy way of getting the photos and movies and my docs files off the hard drive before that dies too.

Its Acer Aspire X3200 if that matters, the fan goes for about 30 seconds (loud and keeps cutting out/getting slower) then dies.

The pc will boot intact on Windows Vista, but not going to risk it overheating.

Would it be worthwhile taking it to a pc shop to get them to do, or is a new fan (big on visable through the side panel) worth getting? And can a I install it easy myself?

Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      21 Nov 2012 @ 23:12
RE: PC Fan has died, how do I get the files off of the hard drive.

Is this the same model?
http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/acer-aspire-ax3200-u3600a/4505-3118_7-33345347.html
If so the fan is part of the power supply. The power supply is non-standard, only comes from Acer and (last time I asked) cost a fortune.
The case has inadequate cooling anyway - the slighest dust build up will make it overheat.
Some of the X-series also had a vented cooling fan (or even two fans) but even those appeared to be proprietary Acer parts

Most of these X-series machines that have come my way have tended to end up being rebuilt into a new mATX case. Sometimes where the motherboard won't fit the new case I've simply removed the drives memory and CPU, and used a new motherboard and case. Even with the cost of parts and labour it was cheaper than buying a new power supply

As to taking it apart yourself, how dextrous are you? These cases are a pain. The hinges on the front rising panel are easy to break off, and the electrical leads to the power button and lights are too short and easy to break during disassembly. I've had a couple of these brought to me broken after customers aborted a DIY attempt after breaking them through clumsy handling.

Your choices
Try to repair it by buying a new PSU (assuming it is the PSU fan you can see). Expensive, fiddly

Rebuild it into a new case. Less expensive, but inelegant

Remove the hard drive, fit it into a caddy and use it as an external hard drive and buy a new machine. Possibly the best use of your money: this is a Vista machine so presumably getting on for five years old. The economics of a repair are questionable

If you decide you do want it fixed, you'll find one of our PCIQ team of repairers will be able to help. Post a job request on our home page at
http://www.pciq.com

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Reply by: Alan B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Cambridge, CB22      22 Nov 2012 @ 00:23
RE: PC Fan has died, how do I get the files off of the hard drive.

Given that your hard drive is presumably getting on for five years old I would not rely on it too heavily. So when you connect it to another PC, either mounted in a USB caddy or directly to a spare SATA port, I advise you to make a back-up of the contents.

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Reply by: T .      23 Nov 2012 @ 19:28
RE: PC Fan has died, how do I get the files off of the hard drive.

BUY A FAN, WHEN U GET HOME TAKE NOT OF WHAT PLUG FITS WHERE. VOILA YOUR NOW AN EXPERT AT NOTHING BUT HAVE A SOLVED PROBLEM

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      23 Nov 2012 @ 23:06
RE: PC Fan has died, how do I get the files off of the hard drive.

T
there appear to be only two fans on this version of the X-series
the CPU fan, and the one in the PSU
It appears to be the one in the PSU which has failed
Now, just where is she expected to find a fan for the PSU, how is she expected to open the PSU and replace it?
Constructive comments are welcome here. Asinine ones are not

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Reply by: Claire  W.      24 Nov 2012 @ 11:19
RE: PC Fan has died, how do I get the files off of the hard drive.

Thanks Jon and co for the replys, is very much appreciated.

It is the big fan on the side panel of the unit (yes the pc is the same as the one you linked, but it has the extra fan in the side)...

I'm assuming the PSU one is the little one on the back near where everything plugs in, that one is fine as far as I can tell.

I think I have found a shop locally that sells and fits the fans, so hoping that will do the trick, otherwise I'll just have to get the files pulled off and admit defeat, wont be buying Acer again though!! :)

Thanks for the help :)

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      24 Nov 2012 @ 15:24
RE: PC Fan has died, how do I get the files off of the hard drive.

OK, then thats fixable IF they can get it apart and back together without breaking it, and IF they can ge the right fan. Some are OK, but some use Acer specific ducted ones which are hard to get

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Reply by: Alan B. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Cambridge, CB22      25 Nov 2012 @ 20:51
RE: PC Fan has died, how do I get the files off of the hard drive.

Frankly, those extra case fans don't always do much good in providing cooling where it is really needed. I'd be tempted to see if the PC can manage without it before shelling-out for a replacement.

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Reply by: Jon S. PCIQ IT ProfessionalIT Professional in Morecambe, LA3      25 Nov 2012 @ 21:19
RE: PC Fan has died, how do I get the files off of the hard drive.

don't forget this is a small form factor machine....cooling is critical on this one

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