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Windows 7: Retrieving data off old laptop hard drive

04 Jul 2010   #11

broken cpu vista, current- windows 7 and a xp

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Thorsen View Post
Easiest way is to put it in an external HDD enclosure and hook up to your new machine. hook-up is usually USB or e-Sata
This should be a SATA drive, but you will need to verify as its an older system.

Example: 2.5in Silver USB External Hard Drive Enclosure for SATA HDD Storage enclosure- Serial ATA-300 2.5in eSATA USB External Hard Drive Enclosure for SATA HDD Storage enclosure- Serial ATA-300- 300 MBps <this one has the e-Sata connector which is faster than USB

you should be able to view the hard-drive and transfer the files you want.

You can also then use this drive as a backup drive by deleting everything and using it for backups and for external file storage.

Alternately, If you have a desktop computer then you can mount the drive in an extra slot and hook up the sata cable. Then put all the files on a flash drive.
I had an hp dv9317cl mother board crap out this past week, got most of my info off since it was freezing up more and more often the past few months but still a few files I would like, as well as to use it as an extra external harddrive would be nice
I believe either one of the products you linked would work with my harddrive of my old laptop,but just double checking
old laptop HD
seagate momentus 5400.3 hardrive, 160GB Serial AT disc drive


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12 Sep 2012   #12

windows 7 32 bit

I have followed all the suggestions above, my issue is with copying across data files photos etc. The folders in my old hard drive, now sat in an external caddy, cannot be accessed, Access denied, I have tried to change the security settings but they only allow me to open one file at a time and even then I cannot copy the contents. Any suggestions?
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12 Sep 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Those drive docks are well worth the money. I keep mine sitting on my desk at work, so anytime I have a drive that needs data recovered from gets dropped right into the dock.
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