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How do I transfer hard drive data from dead to live computer


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#1 FerretLaw

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 02:25 PM

Sony Vaio laptop, Windows XP, 60gig hard drive, circa about 2006.

1. Tucked laptop away in travel bag for the night, opening side up, then left office for the night.
2. Returned in the morning, took laptop from bag, pressed power button.
3. Nothing happened: no power, no lights, no sounds, no evidence of life at all.
4. Checked power adapter and the light was on inside the adapter box, noted laptop had no light on that shows charging.
5. Removed battery, replugged in power adapter - same result.
6. Ran to get boyfriend, who pointed out water drops on the bottom side of the computer (where the power button is).
7. Checked computer and stickers underneath were wet/damp, checked computer bag and pocket where laptop resided was wet but had no standing water (drops & moisture, not a puddle of water).
8. Noted open window near computer bag and assume a plastic drink cup of some kind had to have been blown over and spilled then mysteriously blown away leaving no evidence but a killed computer.
9. Fervently wiped off water from laptop, turned it over and dried the bit of water that dripped out.
10. Cried.
11. Watched boyfriend set up fan, open the laptop to face fan and place battery so it also faced fan.
12. Waited all day and the next day, occasionally trying the power button, with and without battery and with and without power adapter connection, in the vain hope that it would miraculously revive.
13. Cried.
14. Called a computer repair place and was informed, over the phone, that the motherboard was likely dead but the hard drive data could still be saved for about $150.
15. Resigned myself to purchasing a new laptop and will find $ somewhere.
16. Would very much appreciate any help with transferring the data from the old harddrive either to an external harddrive or to a macintosh desktop or to a new/newer used laptop.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 02:39 PM

You can remove the hard drive from the system.

Allow it to clearly dry, if wet.

Connect it to another system...transfer/move files from hard drive to other system.

The only possible cost...would be a USB enclosure to put the drive in...depending on what type of connection is on the drive.

My guess would be that it's a SATA drive...but it's easy to take a look.

http://www.directron.com/patasata.html

Figure 1 shows the differences in connectors. The larger connectors indicate a PATA drive, while the smaller connectors are for SATA drives.

Much, much cheaper than $150 :thumbsup:.

Louis




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