Emachine hard drive extraction

July 11, 2010 at 13:47:24
Specs: Windows 7
I have a dead emachine desktop computer and i took out
the hard drive is their any way i can transfer the memory
from my hard drive to my new Gateway Gaming Laptop?
My emachine motherboard died so i took out the hard

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July 11, 2010 at 13:55:19
Do you mean transfer your data?


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July 11, 2010 at 13:58:56
Yes, is there anyway i can transfer the data to my laptop?

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July 11, 2010 at 14:01:07
Yes, you can try an external enclosure. You slip the hard drive into it and connect it to your pc, usually a usb port.

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July 11, 2010 at 14:07:47
okay but for the emachine hard drive if you use a usb cable
where would you plug the cord into the emachine hard drive?

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July 11, 2010 at 14:08:51
Never mind i think i just figured out where the cord goes. but wouldn't i need 2 male ended usb ports right? 1 to plug in to the laptop, and the other to plug into the hard drive?

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July 11, 2010 at 14:25:20
i think the enclosure comes with a cord. I never used one, but you can see them on newegg.com for example.


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July 11, 2010 at 14:27:56
I recommend Vantec external enclosures. They have a cord with two USB connectors on the computer end if you need that for their 2.5" (laptop drive) enclosures, one of them is pass through so another USB device can be piggy backed through that to the same USB port.

Connecting an external hard drive enclosure via USB has some requirements.

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The emachines desktop computer probably has a BESTEC brand power supply.
BESTEC power supplies have a reputation for being a lot more likely to malfunction than average, and when they fail completely, it's a lot more likely than average that they will fry something else while failing, often the mboard.
BESTEC power supplies malfunctioning or failing completely are probably the number one reason an emachines desktop computer fails to boot.

In most cases, the mboard was not made by the company that actually made the emachines system - Trigem, in Korea - it was made by a major mboard manufacturer and supplied to Trigem, and merely has an emachines bios version on it.

If I were to buy an emachines desktop system, if it had a BESTEC power supply I would throw it away and get a better one.

If you're fortunate, replacing the power supply will restore the system to working fine again. If it still won't boot with another power supply, it's likely the BESTEC power supply fried the mboard while failing. You can often buy used mboards that were in emachines computers on the web for a reasonable price, but make sure the ad says the mboard has been tested and found to work fine.

If you want to check out whether you can buy a mboard on the web, go to this third party web site
and use the emachines model to find out which mboard is in it, and use that to search with .

In order to be able to use the Recovery disks for the emachines model to re-load the original software installation, the mboard probably must be a certain model or be one of a small group of models, and have an emachines bios version, otherwise it's likely the first Recovery disk will refuse to load the software.

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