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Old 10-23-2008, 04:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This morning I was booting up my laptop and I got a blue screen of death that gave an error about the registery. I contacted dell and they are sending me a new harddrive for my laptop. I was wondering if i got an Laptop to IDE hard drive adapter, if i could use my desktop to to retrieve the files from the harddrive. I was thinking since the hard drive would be acting as a slave that I might beable to save my files. Will this work?

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Old 10-23-2008, 05:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If it's giving you a blue screen of death, that doesn't necessarily mean a bad drive. A bad drive wouldn't get past the BIOS, as it wouldn't load ANY part of the OS (instead, it'd just click loudly forever). You could definitely use a laptop-to-IDE adapter, or you could boot up a Linux CD (Ubuntu) and use it to copy files from the drive to a networked shared folder on another PC.


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Old 10-23-2008, 05:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Any of these will work. I recommend models that have a cable that splits power between two USB ports or have a +5v power jack. These don't cost much more than a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter and can be put to better use when the files are recovered. - USB 2.0, IDE, 2.5", External Enclosures, Computer Cases, Computer Hardware
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Old 10-23-2008, 06:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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try a bart pe or live cd before you spend money. use spinrite 6.0 if you have the unmountable boot volume bsod
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Old 10-26-2008, 11:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Same happend to mine, what it is, it is probaly your memory or something. If it is running windows XP, then boot from a windows xp CD, go through like your going to do an installation, and then click r for repair? Hope its helpfull

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