Solved Laptop shot, need to read hard drive.

Microsoft Windows vista home premium - 3...
July 11, 2012 at 07:46:46
Specs: Vista Home Premium, Core Duo 2.33, 2GB
I have an Acer laptop, about 3 years old, that will not start up and the screen is shot. I'd like to pull the hard drive and see if I can buy some thing to retrieve some files. I can not get the Acer website to accept any of the serial numbers on the back and therefore can not verify exactly what kind of hard drive it is. So my question is are all laptop hard drives the same connection?

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#1
July 11, 2012 at 08:14:26
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3 years old, it will be a SATA connection. Some laptops have the old IDE interface on the hard drive instead of SATA, but those laptops are a lot more than 3 years old (more like 8 years and older).

Your easiest option to connect the drive to a PC (or another laptop) is to buy a 2.5-inch external hard drive enclosure which accepts SATA hard drives. They plug in to a USB port so you don't have to install the drive inside a PC.


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#2
July 11, 2012 at 08:18:04
Thanks phil.

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#3
July 11, 2012 at 09:02:22
I guess if it can't start up the screen would be bad. Wonder if the ac adapter or power button may be at fault? Maybe some fix for the laptop would save it?

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#4
July 11, 2012 at 09:18:20
A docking station would be a better option.

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#5
July 20, 2012 at 04:33:47
Guys, I got the USB reader yesterday, plugged the drive in and it did read it. Gave me the options to read it and I chose open as folder, I was assuming it would show the whole drive but it only showed 5 directories, thank God one of them had my MP3s in it. But there's more on there that I would like to recover, is there any way to do that or is this possibly why the thing was shot, part of the disk is shot?

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#6
July 20, 2012 at 06:12:07
Look in 'Computer' and see what the drive shows as its capacity and if this coincides with what it should be.
You can try Recurva to see if it finds any files on the drive that are not showing up now. It is highly recommended here and the one time I needed it, it found more info from an old USB hard drive (installed as an internal drive) than anything else was able to. I have found that it is better at common file types like pictures, music, Word files and was not able to recover Photoshop & AutoCad files (at least in this instance).
Good Luck.
If you had more than one partition and one does not show up and that is where your missing files are, first try Recurva. If it does not find anything from that partition, you may need to repartition that area on the drive and then use QUICK format (NOT full format) and try Recurva again. That is how I was able to recover what files I was able to from that older USB drive (though I installed it as an internal SATA drive to have better access without the external's circuit in between in case that was the issue).

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#7
July 20, 2012 at 06:22:04
If I remember correctly it saw the dive as 69GB's which does not coincide with what it should be, can't remember exactly what it was but I know it was way bigger than that. I'll try Recuva and see what happens, thanks.

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