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Laptop HD file transfer to desktop or another laptop

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Ketone, Feb 12, 2011.

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  1. Ketone

    Ketone Thread Starter

    Nov 27, 2007
    Okay I have sort of a series of related questions about this let me start by explaining the situation:

    My laptop is fried and I've pretty much given up hope trying to fix it. I know it's a hardware issue and I tried disassembling/reassembling it to no avail. At this point I'll be happy if I can recover the files from the HD assuming it's not the HD that is faulty in the first place.

    So here are my questions. I already searched the forums here and had one of these partially answered but I need a bit more info. First, as I understand it it would be possible to connect the laptop's HD to my desktop but I would need an adapter to do it right? If I had this adapter, would it be possible to run the laptop HD like an external or would I have to boot directly into it to get the files? My tech knowledge is only mediocre here and I don't know exactly how the hardware all works together.

    Second, and this would be most convenient if it works because I could skip the adapter, I want to know if it would work to simply swap the laptop's HD with a different, fully functioning laptop and move the files onto an external HD from there, assuming both laptops use the same connector type (I believe they do both use the same size SATA drives). Again this is really just a question of whether or not the new laptop's hardware would be compatible with the old drive and that there wouldn't be any time consuming formats involved or any data loss or anything.

    So yeah sorry for the wall of text, I just wanted to get across the general idea of what I'm trying to accomplish here, if you need more specs or anything I could provide them. Thanks!
  2. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge

    Apr 10, 2000
    Better and much shorter question: What is the best way to move files from the hard disk of a failed laptop to another computer?

    Remove the hard disk from the failed laptop. If it is SATA, as you state, take it to any desktop computer with SATA connectors. Connect it there as a secondary drive and burn your files to a DVD.

    Or, you could get an external drive enclosure (laptop size), place the drive inside that and connect it to any USB port.

    If the old drive is bad/unreadable, none of your or my solutions will help. In that case, you'll have to send it and a lot of your money to a specialist.
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