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#1 lango

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 11:26 AM

Hello

      New to this forum and very impressed with it. I have 6 old Dells and wonder if there is a HD reader I can use to read the HD and copy info. Thanks



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 12:50 PM

Are all of the hdds functional?

 

What operating system are these using?

 

How are you planning to store the data, another hdd, CDs or DVDs?

 

 

If the hdds are functional you can use the methods below to transfer your data.

 

When the hdd is connected and recognized a drive letter will be assigned to it.  Look in My Computer before connecting the hdd to see what driver letters are shown, after the hdd is connected look to see what letter the hdd has been assigned, you will need to know this for transferring you data from it.

 

If these are connected via IDE data cable and molex power connectors you will need a computer with this type of connections or an adapter.

 

SATA drives are connected with SATA data and power cables, the computer you are using must have this type of connections or an adapter. 

 

With the hdd connected open Explorer (To open Windows Explorer, click Start, then All Programs, then Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer).  

 

Click on the hdd that you want to transfer the data from.  When you find the data you want to transfer you can either click and drag the file/s to the media you want to transfer it to or copy and paste it to the media.

 

If the hdd isn't functional you may still be able to retrieve the data on it.  Ubuntu can be used for this.

 

Recovering Data with Ubuntu
 
How to use Ubuntu to recover data from a hard drive.
 
Please download Ubuntu, you will need to burn this to a CD in order to make a bootable disc.  
 
To burn a ISO file to a CD or DVD please downlaod ImgBurn and install it.
 
Insert blank CD or DVD into your CD/DVD drive.
 
Open ImgBurn, and click on Write image file to disc.
 
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Click on the Browse for a file icon:
 
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Locate the ISO file you want to burn, and click on the Open button.
 
Click on the blue arrow to start burning the bootable CD.
 
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Please note:  In order to boot from this disc you may need to change the boot order in the BIOS to make the CD/DVD-ROM the first device in the boot order, and the hdd the second device.
 
At HowToGeek there is a good tutorial for using Ubuntu to recover data from a hdd.
 
 
Another program that works well is Recvu.

Edited by dc3, 06 November 2013 - 12:53 PM.

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Posted 06 November 2013 - 04:20 PM

Thanks for your imput, the OS are win XP and the HD are the large SATA connecter type, PC's are non functional. Looking for a USB connecting HD reader, any suggestions. Thanks again



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Posted 06 November 2013 - 08:02 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002 IDE & SATA

 

or

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182221 SATA Drives only


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Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:37 PM

just ordered it from Amazon 18.00 shipping inc, believe it will do the trick. USE TO BE VERY LAX IN BACKING UP PC



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Posted 07 November 2013 - 09:35 AM

Hello

      New to this forum and very impressed with it. I have 6 old Dells and wonder if there is a HD reader I can use to read the HD and copy info. Thanks

 

No such thing as a "hard drive reader", AFAIK.

 

If you want to access the contents of a hard drive where the system itself has failed...simply remove the hard drive and connect it to a working system as a secondary drive either connected directly to the motherboard or via some USB device.

 

If the hard drive is dead...then you will not be able to access any data on it...and connecting it to a working system may result in a non-boot.

 

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Posted 07 November 2013 - 10:02 AM

If the hard drive is dead...then you will not be able to access any data on it...and connecting it to a working system may result in a non-boot.

 

 

If the hdd will not spin this is true, but if the hdd spins they may still be able to recover some data.


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Posted 07 November 2013 - 11:28 AM

 

Hello

      New to this forum and very impressed with it. I have 6 old Dells and wonder if there is a HD reader I can use to read the HD and copy info. Thanks

 

No such thing as a "hard drive reader", AFAIK.

 

If you want to access the contents of a hard drive where the system itself has failed...simply remove the hard drive and connect it to a working system as a secondary drive either connected directly to the motherboard or via some USB device.

 

If the hard drive is dead...then you will not be able to access any data on it...and connecting it to a working system may result in a non-boot.

 

Louis

 

    Louis I use to do that with a Dell work station before it gave up the ghost



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Posted 09 November 2013 - 03:45 PM

There are external docking stations such as External Hard Drive SATA Enclosure Docking Station

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 03:27 PM

Works great, just use explore in properties, was able to recover the info from a Dimension 2400 Dell



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 02:30 PM

Nice work, glad you resolved it...happy computing :).

 

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