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How do I retrieve data from an old hard drive.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kimaris, Nov 10, 2009.

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  1. kimaris

    kimaris Thread Starter

    Jul 7, 2009
    My laptop is having motherboard issues and is going to need to be replaced. Frankly I'd rather get a new computer all together. Is there a way for me to retrieve the information on that hard-drive.
  2. bwilk87


    Aug 26, 2006
    heh, what laptop? I have an HP DV9700 with a motherboard problem too :p, curious if your on the same boat as me, cept I can't get mine replaced, HP won't do anything about it...

    but anyways, If you have a desktop PC available with SATA connections (assuming your laptop HDD is SATA), you can take your HDD out of your laptop and actually plug it in to your desktop. After that's done do not boot from your laptop drive, just boot from your normal HDD (so make no changes to boot order) and you can just boot into the windows desktop, go to my computer, and browse all your HDD files.

    Couple things to note:
    If you're running Windows Vista on your desktop, careful on the bootup that it doesn't try and format that new HDD you put into your desktop, if it does, SHUT DOWN immediately!! You will need to download a Linux boot disk and boot to linux via the CD and then browse the files that way

    If you're running Windows XP it shouldn't do that and you should be able to do as I said and visit my computer and view the files directly

    If your laptop HDD is SATA there MIGHT be a converter on the connection for the harddrive which helps connect it to the laptop itself, and it should be removable revealing the sata connections, so go ahead and remove that.

    If your laptop is IDE, you can buy an IDE-SATA converter.

    Good luck, any questions get back to me
  3. Hughv


    Jul 22, 2006
  4. raybro


    Apr 26, 2003
    If both machines are functional and have USB 2.0, a Flash drive is quick and simple to use in transferring data files. its also a useful item to have around later.

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