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Can I access a hard drive another way?


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#1 jcarissimo

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 09:30 PM

Hi guys, I was wondering if I had a problem with a pc and wanted to retrieve just my personal data from it, is there another way to get into that hard drive without booting up the pc and starting windows.

What I mean is can I access it like I would an external HD and just retrieve my data from it?

I used to work at this big company and the tech guys would sometimes come down and just remove a hard drive and put it into this "gizmo" that they could basically go into and browse the drive. I want this type of access.

I appreciate if anyone can offer any assistance with my issue.

Thank you,
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Posted 23 December 2008 - 01:53 AM

Yeah, just put it in an external HD enclosure and plug it into your USB port.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 04:44 AM

As suggested, the drive can be temporarily fitted into an external USB enclosure.

You can also get USB docking stations, eg:

http://usb.brando.com.hk/prod_detail.php?prod_id=00466

or USB adaptor leads, eg:

http://www.newertech.com/products/usb2_adaptv2.php

or the drive could be temporarily connected to a spare IDE or SATA port in another system and data copied.

(The links above are random choices for illustration purposes only.)

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 06:17 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16812232002
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16812156102

I have both of those. A bit flimsy, but work as advertised.

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 03:45 PM

hey all, thank you so much for your help. i went ahead and ordered one of the usb adapters for this hard drive. i like that idea and it works for me. i hope it works out the way i expect.

regards,
jcarissimo




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