I'm having a problem I cannot seem to fix at all. I'll provide the backstory and what steps I've tried to take to resolve the problem, but I'm literally at a place where I don't know what to do. My ultimate end goal is to just recover personal files from my old hard drive and that's it. I don't care how I access that drive, I just need to access it. The problem is I can't no matter how hard I try.
So a week ago I was having problems with my computer. Lots of blue screen errors (unfortunately I don't have those numbers anymore) and even after try to do chkdsk, running repair programs, defragging, etc., nothing seemed to help. I had a 1TB HDD partitioned into two sections. I backed up my personal files to the second partition (the one without Windows) and then tried to do a repair of the Windows installation. That didn't help, so I just wiped that first partition and did a fresh install of Windows. Everything seemed to be working great, no errors, no BSOD, nothing. So I moved back my personal files to the partition with windows on it (my second partition is where I hold all my games) and called it a night after I had gotten everything back to normal.
The next day my computer is on and it suddenly just turns itself off. When I restarted it I got a blue screen error that flashed on my screen and immediately rebooted the computer. When it tried the second time I got another BSOD, this one giving me the error of 0x00000024. I tried booting last known good config, safe mode, disk repair... seems no options can get me back into Windows.
I figured I'd boot up using the Windows 7 CD that I have, but after it loads the files and then shows the windows icon as it's booting the cd, I get the exact same BSOD. I can't understand it... how can I not even load the CD?? Just for kicks I unplugged the SATA connection to my HDD and restarted the computer... the Windows CD loaded just fine. Plugged the HDD back in, BSOD whether trying to boot the disk or the CD.
I thought there was maybe something corrupted with the Windows installation on the disk, and I was due for a computer upgrade anyways, so I ended up replacing my motherboard, new CPU, new RAM, new CD drive, two new SSDs... basically everything in my computer changed except for the case and my graphics card.
After I hook up all the hardware, I purposefully leave the old HDD unplugged. I install Windows on my new system no problem. Everything is working great on it (typing from it now). However, if I shut off the computer and plug in my old HDD (with the intent to pull the personal files/data from it) I get the EXACT same BSOD, whether I try to boot to my new Windows installation on my SSD or from the Windows 7 CD. I triple checked and my system is NOT trying to start from the old Windows installation on the HDD. But if it is plugged in I cannot get my system to start at all. I unplug the drive and everything works beautifully.
I honestly don't know what to do and I'm freaking out that I've lost years of pictures, various files, graphic design projects, etc... I know it's my own fault for not having a proper backup, but I really need some help. I tried booting up the computer and then just plugging in the old HDD while the comp is running, but nothing happens and I can't get it to show. However, the drive IS visible in BIOS, so I know the system knows it's there. Please someone tell me I have a way of pulling the data from this disk... I'm desperate.