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Help! Computer is dead but I need files off the Hard Drive


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#1 dweano

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 01:40 PM

Hey guys. I have a problem with my bleeping computer. It was always a piece of crap but a yearish ago it finally died. I can power it up, it powers up for bit, then dies, restarts, etc. Nothing ever making it to the screen. I have no love lost for that thing but I just realized I have files on that computer that I NEED.

 

The old (dead) computer that has the oh so crucial files on its hard drive is a (don't laugh) Acer Ferrari One 200 Series.

 

From what I understand by best chance is to physically remove the hard drive and put it in an enclosure and hope the hard drive itself isn't dead (which...I somewhat suspect it is)

 

My problem is I don't know and can't find the specs of the hard drive. The Acer site says it could be multiple things. Should I take the computer apart and take pics for you guys? I just somehow need to access that hard drive. Even to copy them to my current computer real quick

 

If the Hard disk is dead itself am I pretty much screwed?

 

Thanks for any tips! I know I sound disjointed and rattled I just need to get those files somehow

 

Edit: Possibly this should be in the internal hardware section. Please feel free to move mods


Edited by dweano, 16 April 2013 - 01:42 PM.


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#2 BrianMac1964

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 03:22 PM

Your local computer store should carry IDE/SATA to USB adapter for about $20 or so. If the HDD isn't physically damaged, it should be recognized as a drive and you can drag and drop from there.



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 06:06 PM

That IDE/Sata to usb adapter is what they call an enclosure? Or just a straight up adapter? Basically I gotta take it apart and determine if my drive is IDE or Sata correct?



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 06:10 PM

Also when I am looking around it looks like there is different sizes of SATA, 2.5, 3.5 9mm slim, etc. How do I determine that? Straight up measurement I guess?



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 07:37 AM

No it isn't an enclosure, it is strictly an adapter designed for recovery operations such as this. As far as size goes, 2.5 will be a laptop HDD, and 3.5 will be a desktop HDD. What you really need to look at is the connection. Generally depending on age as to whether it is IDE or SATA. Regardless, the adapter will have plug ins for all of those. Take a look here http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Adapter-Converter-Optical-External/dp/B001OORMVQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1366202143&sr=8-3&keywords=hard+drive+to+usb+adapter for an example from Amazon.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:14 AM

Ah thanks. That makes sense. I am going to town today and I will see what I can get. This or an enclosure should do the trick right?



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 11:47 AM

Yes, either will work for your purposes, but the enclosures are more of a permanent storage device whereas the adapter is a tool for recovering data.



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:49 AM

I got the stuff. Fired it up. Device driver failed. The hard drive just makes clicking noises. Like a bicycle wheel going around slowly and hitting a flap of paper over couple seconds

 



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 01:53 AM

Says device cannot start. I can hear the hard drive turning but its like something is moving and can't



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Posted 20 April 2013 - 02:15 AM

I got the stuff. Fired it up. Device driver failed. The hard drive just makes clicking noises. Like a bicycle wheel going around slowly and hitting a flap of paper over couple seconds

 

A hard drive that just makes clicking noises is destined for the bin unfortunately...


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