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Windows 7: Can Someone Help me Out?

29 Oct 2009   #1
MattMJB0188

Mac OS X / Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Can Someone Help me Out?

I was wondering if there is someway I can get the files off my laptop's hard drive. My Toshiba laptop broke this past may and hasn't been turned on since. It just died ): I want to know if there is some way I can get the files off of that hard drive. The computer was bought in August of 2007 so the hard drive should be new. Is there some device or cable that I can plug into the hard drive and transfer files on to my desktop. Like something I can pick up at best buy. Thanks


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29 Oct 2009   #2
blackroseMD1

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 x64
 
 

Have you taken the hard drive out of the laptop? I would imagine, although I don't have much experience (none actually) with laptop hard drives, that it would either be a SATA or IDE drive that you could just plug into another computer and transfer the files over.
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29 Oct 2009   #3
MattMJB0188

Mac OS X / Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I bought it in August of 07 so I'd say SATA. I could really do that, plug it into my desktop? The sata connector might fit what about the power connector? It wouldn't fit in a desktop?
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29 Oct 2009   #4
LPDad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You want/need to get this VERY HANDY little Item:

Newegg.com - Rosewill RCW-608 USB2.0 Adapter For IDE/SATA Device (Include Protection case) - Adapters & Gender Changers

Pull your laptop harddrive out (or ANY harddrive for that matter), attach it to the above adapter, then plug directly into the USB of your Desktop (or other laptop) computer.

Provided the drive itself is not completely shot (if it is still functional) then you will be able to transfer the data to another computer or Disk.
Using the above adapter ANY attached harddrive (IDE, SATA, Laptop) will show up as an extra drive on the computer you plug it in to.

Very Handy. I use it to Format/Partition Drives, Use as extra storage, it is VERY useful for getting rid of nasty Virus/Trojans on other computers (where they keep comming back each time your reboot)-- plug the drive into your uninfected computer and Run your Virus/Spyware/trojan elimination hardware...(just be careful not to "click on" or use any of the programs on the infected drive-- just Scan/Clean/unplug).

If the drive is completely SHOT, Finito, Non-Functional, D-E-A-D, No Work, Kaput...then your only option is to send it in to a specialty company that will charge you thousands of dollars to recover the data.

You can get an Idea if the drive is still servicable by going into the BIOS of your computer. If your drive shows up (and gives stats in the bios) then you can probably recover your data.

In any case for $25 you will have a very handy tool.
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29 Oct 2009   #5
joel406

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/x86 Windows 7 Pro x64/x86 Windows 7 Home Premium x64/x86
 
 

Ther are interfaces you can get to connect your hard drive to a USB port. They should be avalible at your nearest computer shop or CompUSA has them. I have never seen them at BestBuy. Thay are around $30.
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29 Oct 2009   #6
MattMJB0188

Mac OS X / Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LPDad View Post
You want/need to get this VERY HANDY little Item:

Newegg.com - Rosewill RCW-608 USB2.0 Adapter For IDE/SATA Device (Include Protection case) - Adapters & Gender Changers

Pull your laptop harddrive out (or ANY harddrive for that matter), attach it to the above adapter, then plug directly into the USB of your Desktop (or other laptop) computer.

Provided the drive itself is not completely shot (if it is still functional) then you will be able to transfer the data to another computer or Disk.
Using the above adapter ANY attached harddrive (IDE, SATA, Laptop) will show up as an extra drive on the computer you plug it in to.

Very Handy.

If the drive is completely SHOT, Finito, Non-Functional, D-E-A-D, No Work, Kaput...then your only option is to send it in to a specialty company that will charge you thousands of dollars to recover the data.

You can get an Idea if the drive is still servicable by going into the BIOS of your computer. If your drive shows up (and give stats in the bios) then you can probably recover your data.

In any case for $25 you will have a very handy tool.

That looks like an amazing tool. Here's the thing... the laptop DIED in May. Basically shut off and never again powered back on. Plugged in with adapter no lights no nothing. I was told it was the 'motherboard' so IMO the hard drive should be ok. I physically removed it. Is it possible for the data to still be there, I never plugged it in another computer or anything just removed it. Its been 6 months and its just been sitting there not turned on or anything. But even if it didn't work thats a handy tool.

How's this one?
Laptop Repair Help Accessing notebook hard drive using USB enclosure
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29 Oct 2009   #7
LPDad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

ADDNDUM.. And, you being located in California (where NEWEGG is Located) you should have it in 1-2 business days.
(When I ordered mine, they shipped from the CA store, and I had it the next day)
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29 Oct 2009   #8
blackroseMD1

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9926 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MattMJB0188 View Post
That should work perfectly actually.
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29 Oct 2009   #9
LPDad

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yep, unless your computer underwent a complete electrical short, it sounds like your harddrive should be good to go. I have LOTS of old drives lying around, some of them 10 years old. They all still work-- the problem is most of them only hold 4 GB to 20 GB-- so they are of limited use today...but they STILL work.

get the aforementioned gadget and you should be good to go.
I ONLY have 6 active computers running in my home (all built by me as a stupid hobby-- one for each of the kids, one for the Wife, one as a spare, and 2 for ME)--and I use this adapter all the time,
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29 Oct 2009   #10
MattMJB0188

Mac OS X / Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LPDad View Post
ADDNDUM.. And, you being located in California (where NEWEGG is Located) you should have it in 1-2 business days.
(When I ordered mine, they shipped from the CA store, and I had it the next day)

LPDAD, thanks for much for recommending this. This is exactly what I have been looking for and the price is perfect. Do you think the hard drive will be ok after sitting there for 6 months? Oh and YOU HAVE BEEN REPPED
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