There are other things that can be done, for sure. I think its unlikely that just sticking the hard drive in another pc will work. The other PC would have to have identical motherboard and drivers to the original to stand alone. Accessing the volume from another drive isnt as simple as you might think either, since both would have their own copy of windows.Most of the stuff Merlin or I could attempt to do now would be quite advanced, and not really stuff we could walk you through, as there are too many variables to deal with along the way.If Linux wouldnt install, my guess is that it means that the installation disc was unable to find sufficient contiguous usable space on the drive. This means either the drive was too full, or the whole hard drive is dying, and even the unused sectors are not usable.Obviously you dont wish to risk losing all your files, and if you attempt anything too much more advanced then thats what you risk doing.I dont want to get the blame for giving you advice which loses all your stuff!I'm really sorry we werent able to fix the problem for you, but it really sounds like your hard drive is dying. Its surprisingly common these days. As you can imagine, its possible to fit hundreds of copies of the Encyclopedia Brittanica on a modern hard drive, and I constantly marvel at how they can do this in such a small package. The technology involved is amazing, but also highly sensitive, and faults are still common. I have had 2 week old hard drives fail.My recommendation is to take the tower to a quality repair shop, and ask them to install a new drive and transfer the files from the old one. I would estimate less than US$50 for a hard drive, and 2-3 hours labour, depending on how much of a problem it turns out to be and how skillful the repair guy is.Again, I am sorry we cant really help you further, but as Merlin has said, we have no ... easy.. ideas. If someone else has an easy way of doing this, we would love to hear it, but I think trying too much else, including putting the hard drive in another computer, is filled with danger for the novice, and is more likely to hurt than help.
Mitz from Tips4pc