how to ghost a hard drive with no motherboard

November 30, 2010 at 13:02:10
Specs: Windows XP
I recently crashed my motherboard on my laptop but it want worth it to fix it. The computer works (starts up and everything) but I have a pretty much completly black screen (VERY faintly see some images). I purchased a new one and was wondering if it was something I could do on my own to clone my old hard drive and put it on my new computer. And does it matter that the new one is windows 7??? Please Help!

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#1
November 30, 2010 at 13:41:21
If your Motherboard was cooked, you wouldn't get anything at all. It wouldn't even boot. It sounds like a display problem. You can pull the old hard drive out and use a usb enclosure to hook it up to the new machine. You should be able then to pull any data off it you need. If your using Win 7 on the new machine, I wouldn't go backwards and try to reuse Win XP. It probably wouldn't work on the new machine anyhow because of the lack of drivers for XP. You can salvage pictures etc, but for programs, you'll need to reinstall them if they're compatible with Win 7.

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#2
November 30, 2010 at 15:16:44
Your laptop issues sound like they may be repairable for a reasonable amount of money. Sounds like just the back light or the inverter. Why don't you take it to a shop for an estimate.

What is the model of the laptop?


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#3
November 30, 2010 at 15:38:56
I go with a virtual machine. Either convert the old disk with a P2V app or copy it with g4u into a file. Then convert it with qemu. That way you would have both the new OS and a virtual computer with the old stuff.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?


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#4
November 30, 2010 at 18:16:50
Thats what I thought the problem was too but I took it to a repair shop and they said it was the motherboard. Didnt make much sense to me!! Its a Dell inspiron 6400

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#5
November 30, 2010 at 18:22:48
Have you tried to connect an external monitor. That would tell you for sure if it is the motherboard or the internal display.

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