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I have had a laptop for a few months now, but recently it started shutting down all the time unexpectadly, and rarely lasts 30 minutes now. I am fairly sure its a hardware issue. I am currently emaili… Read More
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7y, 2w agoPosted 7 years, 2 weeks ago
I have had a laptop for a few months now, but recently it started shutting down all the time unexpectadly, and rarely lasts 30 minutes now. I am fairly sure its a hardware issue. I am currently emailing hp support but they are asking me to restore it to factory condition or I may have to send it in to get repaired.
Either way, i need to get all the stiff i want of it, but it doesnt stay on long enough for me to transfer it. I have a 2.5in external hard drive, so I was thinking I could open this up and put the laptop hard drive in this and then just take the data off it with another computer. Will this work?
Also, I know how to do this, but does anyone know if it would void the warranty of either the external HDD or the laptop?
the drive is a WD my passport essentials.
Thanks for any help/suggestions and ofc rep will be given :)
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7y, 2w agoPosted 7 years, 2 weeks ago
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Depends whether the laptop is Sata/IDE and the WD drive also.

You wouldn't void the laptop warranty as they allow you but double check.

You would void the WD unit as that is how it comes.

If you open the laptop HD section up and remove the drive if found applicable, then get a hd enclosure for ebay dependant on what type of drive. (ide/sata)
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IT would work, yes.

And turn the laptop on, and hit whatever key takes you into the BIOS setup. If it still crashes there, it's most definitely not a Windows-related issue. If it doesn't, try something more heavy-duty, like booting to an Ubuntu CD.
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thanks guys, and dxx I already tried that and it did crash in the bios menu.
i'd have thought they'd both be SATA although i dont know this. but dont really fancy voiding my hdd warranty. well would it be fair to assume that if the ex HDD does go faulty its probably my fault and wont be covered anyway (physical damage)? or should i definately not void its warranty. Oh but how would they know i opened it up though if i put it back the way it was originally?
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if you have access to a desktop PC. you can connect sata laptop drive up just as you would a desktop drive. so you can take the HDD out of the laptop and connect it internally to your PC and copy the data off like that. and you won't be voiding any warranties
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Yes , it's much safer and easier to take out the laptop drive and link it to another laptop or PC using a IDE/SATA to USB device to get the data off . You can add the laptop drive to your PC by just connecting it to the motherboard using a SATA cable and power lead . I use the IDE/SATA lead as mentioned , just connect the drive and plug it into a USB port on a spare laptop or PC . You will easily be able to transfer your data.
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Yes , it's much safer and easier to take out the laptop drive and link it to another laptop or PC using a IDE/SATA to USB device to get the data off . You can add the laptop drive to your PC by just connecting it to the motherboard using a SATA cable and power lead . I use the IDE/SATA lead as mentioned , just connect the drive and plug it into a USB port on a spare laptop or PC . You will easily be able to transfer your data.


[FONT=Verdana][COLOR=Navy]+1[/COLOR] - This is the best way to do it and I've done this several times in the past to help out clients & friends.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
#7
OK well i do have access to a desktop but would rather eat it than attempt to use it lol so i think an adapter is the way to go.
Would something like item number 290444735289 on a well known auction site be alright? It just seems incredibly cheap, maybe I should go for something well branded?
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jknoxville;8969489
OK well i do have access to a desktop but would rather eat it than attempt to use it lol so i think an adapter is the way to go.
Would something like item number 290444735289 on a well known auction site be alright? It just seems incredibly cheap, maybe I should go for something well branded?


[FONT=Verdana]As long as your hard drive is a SATA model then it would do - I tend to purchase branded hardware but that's just me.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]
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Cheers Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:
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jknoxville;8973631
Cheers Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:


[FONT=Verdana]No probs mate and good luck with getting your data off of the hard drive.

Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:[/FONT]

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