How can I Retrieve files off old laptop HDD

November 5, 2010 at 06:13:38
Specs: Windows Vista, windows
my old laptop is in bits, it's only and all, but there are a lot of music files and all my college essays that i really don't want to lose, is there any way i can take out the hard drive and copy some files from it? i've heard of some thing to make it into a little external hard drive or something? thanks

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November 5, 2010 at 06:29:58
If the hard drive is still working then you should be able to access the data on it.

The method to use depends on what type of interface the laptop drive is and what type of connections you have availible on your new computer.

One sure and easy method is to get a special USB adapter that you can connect to the laptop drive and to a USB most on most any PC. Examples of those cable connections can be found at the link below.

The most useful units are the ones that will connect to all the following: 2.5" & 3.5" IDE/ATA and SATA hard drives.

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November 5, 2010 at 06:35:06
ok, now my old laptop is in fairly bad shape, but as long as it's turned on and plugged in that should work? also, it this basically a double ended usb cable?

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November 5, 2010 at 07:33:41
I am sorry I wasn't clear. The cable I linked is to connect to a hard drive that has been removed from the computer.

You indicated your laptop was in pieces. If you want to connect computer to computer the easiest method is to use a network crossover cable. That is a cable that looks just like a standard network patch cable (similar to phone jack). If you want to use that method you will need to setup some sharing settings on the laptop.

Is the drive currently in or out of the laptop?

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November 5, 2010 at 16:59:57
If the HD is out of the case, one of these will convert it into an external USB drive and allow you to access the files

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November 5, 2010 at 20:06:42

Did you read the responses above? Without knowing if SATA or IDE is in use an enclosure isn't the best answer. I provided a link that will work for any type.

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November 7, 2010 at 20:11:42
Gee, I don't can buy an enclosure for $9.95 including shipping, and ya got a portable USB drive...never claimed a "best answer"...

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November 8, 2010 at 05:18:53

The problem is the OP may not know what type of enclosure to buy. Getting hardware that can connect both 2.5" & 3.5" IDE & SATA drives makes more sense.

More useful in the future too. Your suggestion will also work, assuming the OP knows IDE from SATA.

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