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Windows 7: Dad's computer, desperately want to save :(


30 Oct 2010   #21
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Okay, about the external drive enclosures, I am confused about the sizes. There are 2.5" enclosures and 3.5" enclosures. My dads HD is 2.5" one way, and 3.5" the other. I really should know this

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30 Oct 2010   #22
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

It's width not length. A 3.5 inch wide drive is normally what you find in a desktop PC. It has the 40 pin IDE connector and the 4 pin power connector. 2.5 inch wide IDE laptop drives only have the connector for the ribbon cable. Power comes in on that connector along with data. I don't remember how many pins are on that cable. From the sounds of it you have the smaller 2.5 inch drive. It came out of a laptop so it should be the smaller type drive.

EDIT: if it's a SATA laptop drive it will have two connecotrs, a SATA data connector and a SATA power connector. Just Google the part or model number on the sticker on the drive and you should be able to find all the info you need to nail it down.
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30 Oct 2010   #23
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
It's width not length. A 3.5 inch wide drive is normally what you find in a desktop PC. It has the 80 pin IDE connector and the 4 pin power connector. 2.5 inch wide IDE laptop drives only have the connector for the ribbon cable. Power comes in on that connector along with data. I don't remember how many pins are on that cable. From the sounds of it you have the smaller 2.5 inch drive. It came out of a laptop so it should be the smaller type drive.

EDIT: if it's a SATA laptop drive it will have two connecotrs, a SATA data connector and a SATA power connector. Just Google the part or model number on the sticker on the drive and you should be able to find all the info you need to nail it down.
Thanks for this It is a 2.5" IDE drive... about 40-45 pins.
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30 Oct 2010   #24
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I made a typo in my other post. It should have been "40" pin IDE connector, not 80. The cable has 80 wires but the connector only has 40 pins.
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30 Oct 2010   #25

Win 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Win 8.1.1 (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
It's width not length. ...
Technically speaking, it's neither length nor width. It refers to the diameter of the platter inside the drive.
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30 Oct 2010   #26

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

As BarMan and others have suggested:

Save the date, first and foremost. Concentrate on solving this problem.

Forget trying to fix the boat anchor. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. You do not want to destroy your own laptop also-don't switch components, adapters, batteries between the two.
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30 Oct 2010   #27

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
This is what you need to get the data off quickly and safetly.
If you use another brand it must have/be three things
1. 2.5in
2. Ide and NOT Sata
3. USB 2.0 NOT Usb 1.0 (too slow)
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31 Oct 2010   #28
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Thanks everyone

Karl, don't worry I haven't fried my working laptop All I have done with the old dead laptop, is take out all the components, take out the motherboard then rest it on my desk, and then put all the components back, with no original case. It looks pretty neat to me
Hopefully my dad will buy that Startech drive enclosure sometime this week, he's willing to do anything to get back precious photos of me as a baby and some important work files
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31 Oct 2010   #29

W7 Professional x64
 
 

That Startech enclosure will treat you right.

I use all Startech screws in my builds. Sorry to hear that the laptop is a doorstop now, but it's a good learning tool. (somewhat expensive though it may be)
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31 Oct 2010   #30
Dom

Windows Seven Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
That Startech enclosure will treat you right.

I use all Startech screws in my builds. Sorry to hear that the laptop is a doorstop now, but it's a good learning tool. (somewhat expensive though it may be)
Hell yeah I've learnt alot
Although, I could order these parts for more learning :-

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And maybe a new processor to spice things up a bit

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