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Backing up a laptop hard drive


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#1 LizardKing64

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 01:16 AM

Hi guys,
I posted last week about my girlfriend's computer being busted. Luckily HP says that is should be covered under an extended warranty. They did advise me, though, that they might have to format the hard drive and suggested I back it up.

The laptop is a Pavilion dv6000 with a 160 gb Seagate HDD in it, but the computer won't boot up at all. The power comes on and turns itself off before anything really happens. I'm wondering what my options are for backing up the drive. I've been reading that you can put it in an external device to put it in another computer or that you could hook it directly to another computer.

My computer is an HP desktop (media center pc m1070n). Is it possible to hook it up to my computer? I'm guessing it's not, but I figured I'd ask. If so, then is my only other option the external device?

Thanks!
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 02:36 AM

Newegg has a good deal on a external case for a 2.5 hdd which would allow you to connect the hdd to your computer. The original prices was $15.89, it is now 10.89 with free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817816003

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 01:13 PM

Newegg has a good deal on a external case for a 2.5 hdd which would allow you to connect the hdd to your computer. The original prices was $15.89, it is now 10.89 with free shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16817816003



Thanks for the link. Just wondering, though. I had called a guy at Staples before about how much they charged to get the data off ($99 by the way) and he said that if you require a password to log into your Vista, then it might be difficult to get the files off the drive. Is this right?

If I can I will just buy an enclosure and do it myself.
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