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How Can I access files from a laptop with a damaged display?

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  1. Kristen1100

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    Two years ago my HP 15-f039wm laptop screen got damaged and there has been no display ever since. (Operating system: Windows 8) Now that I have a new Acer laptop, I would love to get those important files back. Please explain clearly what should I do to transfer those files to my new laptop. Thanks!
    Plus, there was nothing else wrong with the laptop itself, so it still powers on and charges.
     
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    If you have or can borrow a computer Monitor or a TV with the correct connector you should be able to connect it to the HP laptop and get a display on it, then you could copy the files you need onto a Usb stick then put the stick into the Acer and copy the files onto it's hard drive.

    Another way is to take the hard drive out of the HP then use a Sata to Usb adapter cable or caddie to connect it to the Acer and then copy the files.
     
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    For the first option, what kind of cable do I use to connect it to a TV or a computer monitor?
     
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    It depends on what connectors are on the monitor or TV. I believe your HP has an HDMI connector so a monitor or tv with an HDMI socket would be the easiest way, using an HDMI to HDMI cable.
     
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    Yes, they both have HDMI. And using that cable I can move those files from the HP to my Acer right?
     
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    Not exactly, the HDMI cable connection will let you see the HP's display on the monitor or tv. Then you can see what you're doing and copy the files you want to keep onto a Usb stick, move the stick to the Acer and copy those files onto it's hard drive then do whatever you want with them.
     
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    Okay. Thank you so much!
     
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    You're welcome. :)
     
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