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How do you load a broken laptop harddrive from a desktop, win7

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#1 Jigsaw222


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Posted 23 August 2014 - 01:08 PM

Hi, any help on this matter greatly appreciated! :) though not looking for any answers telling me to take it to a specialist or buy a certain part at all, I know about all that.


So my desktop runs smooth, win7 as well. Got a toshiba brand laptop harddrive that I'm sure is broken, connects perfectly to the motherboard and is detected in the BIOS aswell.


When I run the PC with both harddrives connected it goes to the motherboard splash screen then proceeds to "Starting Windows", doesn't freeze, but doesn't make it passed that point.


I have it set in the BIOS to run my main harddrive. If I unplug the laptop hardddrive, it boots perfectly to windows desktop. I've tried safe mode, same thing happens as above.


The main thing is I'm only trying to retreive data off of the broken laptop harddrive and don't actually want it to boot, but it appears to be loading it's drivers and attempting to boot both.


I'm not a total proffesional, understand computers to a good degree, but not on this matter. So a tech savy response is welcome. I realise I may be looking at things completely wrong and this might be completely impossible but hey it's worth a shot.


Thank you in advance bleeping computer community. If you don't have an account to login to to comment here, my email is [removed to protect from spambots] (without the spaces :P)


(both harddrives are win7 if that is of convenience)

Edited by Orange Blossom, 23 August 2014 - 02:03 PM.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 01:22 PM

IME...when a failing hard drive is attached to a Windows system...at times, Windows cannot boot properly because the system mechanism for detecting working components (hard drive, RAM, etc.) cannot detect the failing drive.


Thus the system can boot normally if the questionable drive is removed...cannot complete boot cycle if failing drive is attached.



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Posted 23 August 2014 - 01:29 PM

You might get away with setting the drives jumper to slave, the other option that may work is to borrow an enclosure.  Plug it in after the system boots, that has worked for me in the past.

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#4 Jigsaw222

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 02:00 PM

Thank you both for the quick and educated responses. Definitely assuming it's dead with that said, but will try the slave method. Cheers!

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