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    laptop harddrive - connecting to PC

    the gf laptop has become extinct, she would like to rescue all the of the data from her hard drive but she doesnt have the knowledge and unfortunately neither do i. i assumed i could just remove it but it does appear to use either a sata or ide cable so i am at a loss can anyone help?

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    there is reference to a ide version somewhere on the thread. you can then use it as a backup drive once you have all you need off of it
    should be easy enough to remove just read what type of drive it is

    Do you mean "it doesnt appear to us SATA or IDE " ??

    Original Poster

    i do indeed mean it doesnt appear to be sata or Ide

    If it's 'old style' (IDE) It will use a 2.5" hard drive connector. I recently had the same problem and bought a 2.5" to 3.5" connector from ebay for 61p delivered. The drive had enough life left for me to retrieve the data I wanted.

    If it is SATA you can still buy a suitable connector, but I have no experience of these, still being in the land of IDE (and very happy with it).

    Max

    savasaint your profile pic is pretty trippy, im sure i just lost about half an hour staring at it

    you would need one of these for sata play.com/PC/…tml


    You need to pull off the header pins to be able to see what interface it is. If it is ide you will need a 2.5 ide enclosure

    Some sata drives have a small adaptor plate on,What model laptop is it,

    Original Poster

    This is the drive ]LINK

    Original Poster

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    savasaint your profile pic is pretty trippy, im sure i just lost about … savasaint your profile pic is pretty trippy, im sure i just lost about half an hour staring at it



    now you've mentioned it im having a hard time looking away

    http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/1995/hdfd.png

    savasaint;6635715

    If it is SATA you can still buy a suitable connector, but I have no … If it is SATA you can still buy a suitable connector, but I have no experience of these, still being in the land of IDE (and very happy with it).Max



    2.5in laptop hard drives conveniently use the same sata connections as a desktop drive so there's no converter cables required.

    John

    Its a 2.5" Ide drive, Does your pc have a spare ide lead,If it does you can buy a 2.5" to 3.5" ide adaptor for a couple of quid on ebay
    http://www.magicbox.co.za/shop/images/upfile/CAS-IDE35C25-1b.jpg

    Or you can buy a 2.5" ide usb enclosure

    Johnmcl7;6635904

    2.5in laptop hard drives conveniently use the same sata connections as a … 2.5in laptop hard drives conveniently use the same sata connections as a desktop drive so there's no converter cables required.John



    Nice to know, I've never used SATA myself so thanks.

    The drive looks like an IDE to me. You can buy a cable from ebay for a couple of quid that'll link the drive to a USB port, no need for an enclosure for this one off transfer I reckon. Try searching on "2.5 ide usb" and list by 'lowest inc p&p'. Might take a couple of weeks from Hong Kong (not allowing for Postman Pat's industrial action), but hey, what's the hurry?

    Thanks for the avatar comments, can't remember where I got it but it left me mesmerised too.

    Max

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    I bought one of these last week. Came within a couple of days & worked a treat for retrieving data off my Dads old laptop.

    [FONT=Verdana]For the software side, if your struggling to access the hard disk you might want to consider using the following free software package to try and recover the data.

    Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
    piriform.com/recuva

    If however the hard disk is completely dead, then the only option is to send it into a data recovery company to get it back.

    Cheers, Scotty Boy! :thumbsup:
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    If there is nothing wrong with the drive ,ie not virus infected or bad sectored etc you WONT need any data retrieval software . Simply take the 2.5" laptop drive out of the laptop and using adapters or IDE/SATA to USB device just link it to another PC or laptop . You folders will appear ie Docs & Settings ,Program files ,windows .etc etc. Simply gather your personal files from the folders in your profile and copy to a folder on the Pc or laptop.
    Simples'

    heres a gadget I use for the purpose :
    http://i163.photobucket.com/albums/t295/Rickardo_21/adapter.jpg[/IMG]
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