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We have an HP laptop that doesn't go on, is there anyway I can access the HDD information on it ? Can I pull out the Hdd of the laptop in anyway? Read More
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
We have an HP laptop that doesn't go on, is there anyway I can access the HDD information
on it ? Can I pull out the Hdd of the laptop in anyway?
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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Yes, aside from some ultralight machines laptop hard drives tend to be easily accessible. Depending on the type of drive you may be able to mount it straight into a desktop or you can buy a USB caddy/adapter kit to connect it over USB to any PC. If the laptop is terminal then a USB 2.5in caddy is a good idea as once you have your data off the drive you can continue to use it as an external hard drive. You need to find out if it's IDE (PATA) or SATA so you can identify which type of caddy it is you need to buy. Most laptops over the last three years or so are SATA which can be identified as two L-shape connectors on the back of the drive, one slightly larger than the other. Older laptops used IDE/PATA hard drives which instead have two rows of pins along the back although there may be an adapter on the back of the drive to help it slot into the laptop.

John
#4
Thanks folks
#5
Is it pretty simple to get to the preario a900 HDD ?
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saxo_appeal;6674328
Is it pretty simple to get to the preario a900 HDD ?


Have a look and see - the hard drive should be sitting under a panel on the underside or possibly it might slide out the side. Have a look to see if there are any markings beside panels, hard drives tend to be indicated by a small cylinder.

John
#7
I need to do the same thing, but im jus wondering, can i use the caddy from a broken ext.hd and hook it up with external power and a sata going into the 2.5" drive.
I can run it fine on a 3.5" drive atm, just wondering if it will work the same with the laptop drive, should be SATA its only a few years old and was very expensive!
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munaaf;6674522
I need to do the same thing, but im jus wondering, can i use the caddy from a broken ext.hd and hook it up with external power and a sata going into the 2.5" drive.
I can run it fine on a 3.5" drive atm, just wondering if it will work the same with the laptop drive, should be SATA its only a few years old and was very expensive!


The power and data connections on a SATA 2.5in laptop hard drive are identical to those on a desktop SATA hard drive - one slightly larger L-shaped connector for power and a smaller one for the SATA data lead. It should work fine with a 3.5in SATA caddy. On Intel laptops, SATA generally became standard on the first Core Duo/Centrino Duo machines (after the Pentium-m/Centrino laptops)

John
#9
Thanks John!
#10
Haha would u believe it, opened the first panel and lo and behold the HDD
it says Toshiba Mk1652gsx
HDD 2H03

so I now just buy that reader and plug it in when then goes to a new computer via USB ?
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saxo_appeal;6675836
Haha would u believe it, opened the first panel and lo and behold the HDD
it says Toshiba Mk1652gsx
HDD 2H03

so I now just buy that reader and plug it in when then goes to a new computer via USB ?


According to that model number, the drive should be SATA - on the back does it have two L-shaped connector with one around double the size of the other? If so, I'd recommended a 2.5in SATA caddy like this:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143545

You pop the hard drive in then simply connect it over USB to another PC and you can read the files off it. Once done you then have a small portable hard drive that requires no extra power which is definitely handy to have.

John
#12
Yeh john it has the 2 L shaped connectors, it also has a 4 pronged connector beside them... Wonder what that's for ?
Thanks for ur help tho :)

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