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  1. kredd3

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    I have two desktop computers that I can’t turn on. I have stored them in plastic totes in my garage for several years. I believe the last time I was able to use them was at least 10 years ago. I would like to know if it’s possible to get pictures and documents off them and put on to a flash drive or my current laptop or external hard drive. From a little research I have discovered there is an item called a “USB universal drive adapter ”.

    Is this all I need? Looking at some on Amazon I see that some say they are only compatible with 2.5” SATA drives. I don’t understand what this means or how to know what I have. I don’t know the terms SSD and HDD or 3.0 USB or 2.0 USB so I don’t know how to tell what I’ve got or don’t have or what I need to look for.

    My desktops are:

    HP Pavilion a1203w
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    eMachine T3410

    My laptop (that I want pics and files to be transferred to):
    HP Pavilion m6 Notebook PC
     
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    Hello kredd3, and welcome to TSG.

    Your HP desktop appears to use a Parallel ATA (PATA) interface for its 3.5 inch hard drive.
    Your eMachines desktop appears to use a Serial ATA (SATA) interface for its 3.5 inch hard drive.
    You did not give the full model number of your HP laptop, but I will assume it has at least one USB 3 port (it has a blue color insulator inside the jack).

    An adapter device like the one in the Amazon link below should meet your need to efficiently copy the date from both of the old drives to your new computer. It can handle both PATA and SATA drives in either 2.5 and 3.5-inch form factors. It comes with its own AC power source for the drives so there is no concern if your laptop can put enough power into the USB port to operate the adapter and the drive.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01E7EPKUO
     
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    I think the model # for the laptop is i5-3210M
     
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    Also thank you for your reply. I appreciate it.

    Do you think I will be able to recover photos from these computers that have been in storage for nearly 10 years?
     
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    Look for a label on the laptop showing a dash, 4 digits, and two letters after the "m6" in the model number.

    I have read that in many years past that the bearings in the platters of a hard drive could stick from years of non-use or excessive use. No way of knowing for sure until you try. Are you sure both computers were functional when put in storage? Were the totes banged around while the computers were in them?
     
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    I don’t see a model on the laptop itself. I pulled up the information within the laptop to get the exact name of it.

    The HP desktop wouldn’t turn on before I put it in storage. The eMachine I think would turn on but the screen would never take me to a desktop screen with all the icons. So I assumed both were just old and broke and stored them in the hopes that one day someone would be able to save pictures off of them.
     
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    The symptoms of the eMachines desktop could indicate a failed or corrupted hard drive that prevented launching windows. No way to know for sure until you try to read the drive with the new computer.
     
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    Thank you for your help. I purchased what you mentioned and was able to get pictures and documents off the HP computer. The eMachine drive never appeared on the laptop for me to click on like the HP did. I guess that means the eMachcine is trash? I don’t know what else to do. It looks like the same type of drive as the HP
     
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    Hp on top. EMachine on bottom.
     

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    Glad to hear you were able to get the data off of at least one of the drives. They both look to use the older Parallel ATA interface. You should double-check the jumper position on the undetectable eMachine drive. I believe the instructions for the USB adapter say that the jumper should be set to Master for proper operation. The jumper settings guide is typically included on a label on the drive. Does the drive sound or feel like the internal platters are spinning up when you power it up?
     
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    I am just writing for an update. I was able to get information off of both hard drives. It just took me unplugging and plugging back in cords and turning the switch off and on in a combination of ways until it finally popped up on the laptop. Then I tried hooking up the first hard drive again just to double check and make sure I got everything off of there and the hard drive would spin up so I tried the hooking up and off and switching combo thing and after a few hours I was able to get it going again. It makes me think there was something wrong with the cables/switches. I don’t know! In the end, I was able to get stuff off both hard drives and I thank you for your time in helping me with this problem.
     
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    You have more patience than I probably would have had with the first drive. Thank you for the update.
     
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