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Old 07-11-2010, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well my computer is beyond saving. I know for a fact that my hard drive works though. It had 400gb worth of memory and it has important personal things.

My sister gave me her hp laptop.

What im trying to say is how can i access my hard drive using my sisters laptop. im guessing something with a usb?

My computer cant turn on so i have my HD completly disconnected from the desktop.

any help would be appreciated.
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You need an external case. Plug in the HDD from your desktop, bang.
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i might sound annoying but is there anything i shuld know about these external cases?
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Just whether you have a SATA or ide drive.
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Most of them are compatible with both. Just when you buy one, make sure you have the correct connection.
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:45 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Default Re: Hard drive help

something like this you can use for all drives.
Newegg.com - Rosewill RCW-608 USB2.0 Adapter For IDE/SATA Device (Include Protection case)

use it like a flash drive and disconnect before reoving.
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I've seen those, I'm not sure of how reliable it is.
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I've seen those, I'm not sure of how reliable it is.
I have that same model and it does work great. I had a HDD start clicking on me and could not access it. Hooked the cable up to it and I was able to get all my files off of it. They are quite a bit cheaper than an external case too.
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I'd get a full blown enclosure, that way the drive is protected and you can keep using it wherever you go (just have to plug it in). I have this enclosure and it works well for IDE and SATA drives:

Newegg.com - acomdata SMBXXXU2E-Blk Aluminum 3.5" Obsidian Black USB 2.0 Samba Enclosure Kit
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