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Plugging crashed laptop hard disk into computer?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by pawz07, Feb 11, 2007.

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  1. pawz07

    pawz07 Thread Starter

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    My laptop recently crashed and it is not possible to install an operating system onto it without re-formatting (Believe me i've tried everything possible). Is it possible to plug the laptop hard disk drive into my main computer and retrieve the data from it this way? Or would it blow the drive? What do I need to do in order to plug it in and retrieve the data? I have no idea how to do this, so I have turned to you guys. Please help, I will not proceed until I get a reply, I'm really scared lol.


    Cheers guys,
    Andy
     
  2. JohnWill

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    You need a 2.5" to 3.5" IDE Adapter and a screwdriver to open the case. :)

    What I recommend is take all the devices off the secondary IDE channel (normally CD/DVD drives), and connect the laptop drive to the end of the cable. That eliminates any jumpering issues, you just connect it to the cable through the adapter and boot the desktop machine.
     
  3. pawz07

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    So I don't need to make the laptop hard drive a slave? Just replace e.g the CDROM with the laptop drive? and will it not overpower/blow the hard disk? Thats what I'm most scared about! lol

    Cheers man,
    Andy
     
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    Yes, take ALL the drives off the secondary channel, and plug the laptop drive on the end of the cable. Don't change any jumpers on the laptop drive.
     
  5. pawz07

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    Thank you =)
     
  6. pawz07

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    I've just bought a 2.5inch IDE adaptor for my laptop hard drive, everything plugs in fine, but there is another cable hanging (a 3 pin horizonal cable) - what do i do with this? When I turn on the computer the hard drive is not recognised, what do i do to make the computer recognise it?

    Thank you,
    Andy
     
  7. JohnWill

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    The other cable is probably a 4 pin cable, and it's for the power. You need that one. :) It's made to connect to a floppy power connector.
     
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