Cannot transfer files from a dying laptop hard drive

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grinolot

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I am using a ribbon cable with a pcmcia card that connects to my working laptop on one end and a connector on the other end that connects to my failing hard drive. When I view the contents of the failing hard drive, I see the folders, but cannot access the files that the folders contain. How can I obtain access to them and transfer them to my good hard drive/laptop?
 

grinolot

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I thought maybe that would do it, but it did not. I go into the failing hard drive in documents and settings and look at the user folder and it says 0 bytes under properties. When I try to follow the above directions, I do not see a security tab.
 
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Have you tried hooking that drive up to a desktop with an IDE adapter? You can get them for about $8 at CompUSA and other places.

Also, you may want to stick that drive in a freezer for a half hour. I've read on more than one occasion that a failing or failed hard drive may work for awhile if very cold (I don't know why).
 

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Those are good thoughts that I could try.
Somebody helped me see the files previously, but I'm not sure how he did it and he is not available right now. I was trying to figure out what he did.
 
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Cold contracts.. thats why :p ... you might also be out of luck if the hard drive is failing you may not get the files sounds like the hard drive is near scrap metal :")
 
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