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How to transfer files from old HD to new laptop

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  1. bonovox

    bonovox Thread Starter

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    Hi.
    The motherboard on my old dell Inspiron 6000 died and I've ordered a new Inspiron 15. But there are still a lot of files on the old HD that I still need.

    What's the easiest way to transfer them to the new laptop, given that I'm not very tech savvy? Thanks.
     
  2. terabytecomputer

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    I use the BYTECC BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Adapter (Newegg has it)

    You can plug in a laptop drive, then plug USB into your laptop. It's awesome.
     
  3. Compiler

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    Buy an external USB case that is for your HD (I gather its a standard 2.5 IDE) to xfer your data and then use it as a backup / portable device.

    EXternal 2.5 USB cases are about $10~15.
     
  4. bonovox

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    Thanks. Would this work even though the broken laptop doesn't boot up windows anymore?
     
  5. DoubleHelix

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    The computer you connect the drive to only sees it as data. It doesn't care what operating system was installed on it. As long as the hard drive isn't physically damaged, the new computer can read the data on it.
     
  6. dlsayremn

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    You will need to pull the drive from the old laptop.
     
  7. bonovox

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    I just got a USB case and I pulled the old HD out, but I have no clue how to connect the drive to the device. The case only has USB cables and there is no place on the HD to connect them to.
    Any ideas?:confused:
     
  8. DoubleHelix

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    The drive connects inside the enclosure.
     
  9. bonovox

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    Can you please elaborate?
     
  10. terabytecomputer

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    What's the brand and model# of the box you bought?
     
  11. bonovox

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    2.5" USB 2.0 SATA Hard Drive HDD Case Enclosure
     
  12. DoubleHelix

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    That's not a make and model. That's a generic description. Without specifics, we can't provide specific help.

    If it is indeed a hard drive enclosure, the hard drives goes inside the enclosure. Did you open it? That would reveal the SATA connectors.
     
  13. bonovox

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    Ok I just figured out how to do it, but apparently the HD is not compatible. It's an ATA/IDE, and the case is for SATA. Crap!
     
  14. Compiler

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    Also, refer to the manual.

    Take it back, get an IDE version.
     
  15. terabytecomputer

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    The BYTECC BT-300 USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Adapter that I referenced in my first post does both.
     
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