: Depending on what's wrong with the hard drive, these options may or may not
Obtain a 2.5" to 3.5" hard drive adapter
, remove your hard drive from laptop, hard drive cage, and connect to a working computer to off load data. Option 2:
Create an alternate operating system "Live CD" to off load data to a USB Flash drive.
- Download GETxPUD.exe (64 mb) (hosted and compiled by noahdfear) to your Desktop.
- Double click GETxPUD.exe to extract the files to a folder of the same name.
- Open the GETxPUD folder and double click "get&burn." This will download "xpud_0.9.2.iso" to that folder and open an included CD burning program called BurnCDCC (may be minimized to the taskbar).
- When the download completes, click on the "BurnCDCC" icon in the taskbar. Click "Start," insert blank recordable CD, and let BurnCDCC create the bootable CD.
- Restart the ailing computer with the bootable CD (set the computer to boot first from CDROM drive).
- When xPud loads you will see a "Welcome to xPUD" screen.
- Click "File" from left menu and under "File System" click the triangle next to "mnt" and find your system hard drive (hda or sda). Note, if you plug a Flash drive in you will see it there also (sbd1).
- You can navigate to your "My Documents" folder by clicking "Users," "<your user name>, "My Documents."
- Copy the folder/files you wish to save by right mouse clicking and "Save," then pasting them into the flash drive (same as windows).
- To "Exit" xPUD, click "HOME" from left menu, "Power Off," and "Restart."