Hey, I'm a librarian/tech guru at a public school. The teacher next to me had a Dell desktop that won't power on. The power light has a solid amber color, which apparently suggests either a power supply or a motherboard failure (blinking amber is definitely motherboard, but the light isn't blinking). I've assured the teacher that there is a decent chance the data on the hard drive is safe.
Since the desktop is a Windows 7 device, it's unlikely the school system itself will do any tech support on it. However, I have the same model desktop collecting dust in my library after the hard drive crashed last year. So wondering. Would I be able to take the hard drive out of his desktop and put it in mine? I've never done this before, and don't know if the new CPU would accept the hard drive without a reformat. Or should I try swapping out the power supply and see if that does the trick?