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Connecting Old Laptop Hard Drive to New Laptop


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#1 Hal06

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 07:28 AM

My old laptop died. I bought a new laptop. I had a computer tech assist in transferring files from the old laptop harddrive to the new laptop. I forgot some files and they are still on my old laptop hard drive. The used a usb cable to connect the old hard drive to the new laptop. There was also a device connecting the cable to the old hard drive. I think he had software to run the old hard drive. Can I do this on my own? If so, what would I need to connect the old hard drive to the new laptop? Obviously a usb cable. What else? Thanks.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 11:09 AM

Check out this link.

http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-2-0-to-IDE-SATA-5-...A1%7C240%3A1308

This is only one of many that I have seen.

Good luck.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 11:24 AM

The tech may have used an external enclosure to connect the hdd to his computer to transfer the files, any on this page would work. The connect via the USB ports. If you purchase one, purchase one that has its own power supply, this way it will not draw from your battery. This would also allow you to use the old hdd for backing up files or extra storage.

You shouldn't need any software to access the files, you can go to Explore and click on the external drive and drag and drop the files that you want to your new hdd, it should be the C: drive.

To get to Explore, right click on Start, click on Explore.

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 01:58 PM

Are such cables available at any electronics store or does one have to order by mail?

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Posted 05 November 2008 - 07:44 PM

This is the list of adapters from Newegg.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....usb+ide+adapter

I have the Bytecc, the Vantec and one I have no idea who made it. I found the Startech at Radioshack as well.

These are invaluable. I use them all the time. I don't even bother with external enclosures for archiving/backing up files anymore. Nice for retreiving data from customer's hard drives and running a virus/malware laden drive through the wringer to clean tough stuff off it.

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Posted 06 November 2008 - 11:56 AM

Thanks.




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