Good point !! ask in the XP forum ... we have some Dell knowlegeables there...
Well, in the meantime I checked and our local Fry's (only dealer that has such things locally) has a USB type adaptor...
" The Hi-Speed USB 2.0 to Serial ATA (SATA) or IDE 2.5" and 3.5" Drive Adapter creates a bridge between one USB 1.1/2.0 port and one Serial ATA or SATA-based mass storage device port. The USB 2.0 to SATA and IDE 2.5"/3.5" Drive Adapter turns any SATA or IDE hard drive into a convenient external drive. Easily transfer files from computer or notebook, back up files, or store large file archives on hard drives. The Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface provides for easy installation with its Plug and Play design. The adapter supports all existing Serial ATA SATA and IDE drives 2.5" or 3.5" "
If that works, then only other question (I can think of), is there (if can get connected) a way to make sure there is specific way to provide security between the laptop HD and desktop PC while connected? Desktop using 'Online Armor' and 'Avast_home'.
Dont plan on getting into any software, just 'Desktop' data files.
101012 Edit 20:05
Now am totally confused, although somewhat happily.
Have for the last day been turning on the subject laptop occasionally to see if it might click in... this after ran Dell check disk with the Dell tech on the phone, and it showed the HD as kaput.
Tonite turned it on, it went through the hr long Wdos CHKDSK, and when I looked at the laptop after dinner, it had the login screen... logged in, and it worked (am using it 'as-we-speak').
Now what to do ?
The new Dell HD is on its way, have backed up most current desktop data to an online file storage site (4shared.com) that have been using for a year or two, so think pretty reliable, and not sure where to go from here.
Do the HJT scans and post ?
100113 Edit 1145am
Was able to do HJT scans and posted at HJT forum, http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/286581/slow-laptop-crashed-dell-says-needs-new-hd-miraculously-restarts-2-days-later/
Since then have been able to login regularly (without the Wdos CHKDSK scan), albeit very slow login and running.
Tried Avast full scan (after several hrs, crashed and blue screen came up that Wdos had stopped to protect...).
Tried MBAM full scan ( ditto ).
Now just waiting to hear back from HJT forum.
Not sure what else to do.
Should be receiving new Dell HD today, but will put off install until, hopefully know a little bit more about what might be going on.
Not sure how to handle HD install with Acronis (compressed) backup (plus Karens Replicator (file duplication) backup.
Have posted to Acronis forum for help from there.
Edited by akmbd166, 13 January 2010 - 02:47 PM.
Thanks again for your help.