Recovering data from ATA hard drive from laptop

9 replies
Found 6th Aug 2008
Hi all,

My laptop's finally bitten the dust since the power connector snapped and took part of the motherboard with it. I was hoping that somebody out there guide me in getting the data off the old hard drive. I thought I could buy a temporary cable to plug it to the usb slot, but can't seem to find any as they're all S-ATA leads, and the same applies for the cases. Is there an easy (and cheap!) way of recovering the data? I have pics of my kids and all sorts which I can't lose and would be grateful for your help.

The drive has the following details on it:

Manufacturer: Fujitsu
Model: MHT2030AT
Part No: CA06297-B023
Date: 2004-05
Rating: +5v-0.55A
LBA: 58605120

I'm on the lokout for a new laptop, but in the mean time can use my kids' desktop to keep going and this is where the data is to be transferred to. If it makes a difference, our desktop is a Dell Vostro 200 with a decent size laptop.

Sorry if this is an idiot's question, but I've no idea about computers!

Thanks.

9 Comments

Get yourself a2.5 inch caddy with the right connections and install the hard drive. Connect to any pc and viola all your stuff is there. Recently had a mate who dropped red wine on laptop........and we did exactly what I mentioned. Cost about £15 for a caddy, attached HDD, screwed the the whole back together and connected toa computer with Vista.................took about 20 secs for it to be recognised and opened.

That's all you need to do mate.

Cheers

You could always put this in their desktop;

priceaddress.co.uk/pro…291

You should be able to access it that way

RedIron;2691898

You could always put this in their … You could always put this in their desktop;http://www.priceaddress.co.uk/product_info.php?language=en¤cy=GBP&products_id=12291You should be able to access it that way



that won't work its for a 3.52 drive and would require another adapter to convert the 2.5" fitting

]This is basically what you require I have one I use all the time for my work and they are very good, probably find similar at amazon, play etc. but cost will be an issue.
Alternately send me the drive and details of what you want off, i'll put it on a cd/dvd

Yeah , if you have a PC , just buy the 2.5" to 3.5" adapter and bung it into your PC as a slave .Easiest way to get your data off. Done it loads of times with drives . I also use the IDE to USB device to get data off drives but I dont have the SATA one . Dont have many SATA drives .

Original Poster

Thanks guys, very helpful.

I'm an absolute technical idiot, so like the cable from ebuyer. That way I don't need to open the desktop case. £16.77 inc delivery is well worth iit to gain back all the pictures and info which would otherwise have been lost.

Thanks again for the help and advice, you're all repped.

Just over £10 del from ebay...
edit: £7 BIN and does sata too (110277623299)

Original Poster

tazxxx;2698613

Just over £10 del from ebay...edit: £7 BIN and does sata too ( … Just over £10 del from ebay...edit: £7 BIN and does sata too (110277623299)



Is this definitely the correct lead? Is IDE the same as ATA? I've been looking on the net and there seems to be a big difference between ATA and SATA.

Thanks.

Chouman;2700339

Is this definitely the correct lead? Is IDE the same as ATA? I've been … Is this definitely the correct lead? Is IDE the same as ATA? I've been looking on the net and there seems to be a big difference between ATA and SATA.Thanks.


Yeah IDE and ATA are the same.
SATA is the new one, you won't need the connector but is still useful to have (or to sell on).

Original Poster

Ordered the cable and fingers crossed.

Thanks for the help.
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