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paul5003 07-01-2006 08:54 PM

Data transfer
I had a dell inspiron 5150 for 2 years, i had soo many problems with it that dell has sent me a new inspiron 9400. This has a different hard drive, now remember, i have the old dell, it has to be sent back but i need to do my data transfer of my hard drive first, the computer can not and will not power on, can anyone here help me out on how to do this on my own so i dont have to pay $250 to have it done! THANK YOU!!!


NathanM 07-01-2006 09:10 PM

I'm going to assume your HDD's are connected with IDE. Take your old HDD out of the case and put it in your new PC. You will need to set the jumpers accordingly to master/slave. The HDD's should have a label on them that tells you how to do this. Make your new computer's HDD the master and your old one's the slave. Since your old HDD is already formatted and partitioned, boot up the PC and enter the BIOS and make sure the HDD's settings are ok. Then boot XP and it should show up. Then transfer files.

If both are SATA, which I doubt, just plug them in :).

If one is SATA and the other is IDE, set the IDE on master and have the SATA plugged in.

If this doesn't work, let us know.

paul5003 07-01-2006 09:21 PM

the old hard drive doesnt fit into this notebook... there is a size difference....

NathanM 07-01-2006 09:26 PM

I guess that's what I get for not knowing that "Inspiron" is a laptop :/.

Edit: Got it. You need one of these, assuming your old HDD is a 2.5". If not, get one for the appropriate size.:

paul5003 07-01-2006 09:41 PM

im sure i sound like a moron, but im not really good with the technical stuff with computers, if i get this product that u sent me the link to, can you tell me how this works...and again i appreciate you help nathan

NathanM 07-01-2006 09:43 PM

Well, its main function is to turn a HDD into a portable, external one connectable through USB. So, you place the HDD in this enclosure and then connect to your new laptop through USB.

paul5003 07-01-2006 09:47 PM

ohh ok, well i appreciate all your help, saving me a lot of money...thanks again!!

paul5003 07-01-2006 09:49 PM

my old HDD is 20GB and my new one is 60GB do you have any suggestion on which one i need to get?

NathanM 07-01-2006 09:53 PM

Need to get? You mean keep? Well, keep the one that came with your new laptop, the 60GB.

paul5003 07-01-2006 09:56 PM

no what i was asking was which external enclosure should i get lol... sorry for not being more informative tonight, im a bit tired haha

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