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So the motherboard crapped on my laptop. Shot. And frankly, technology has advanced considerably since this thing was built. Relative availability of parts combined with labor and what I'd really still be able to do with it... it was long run cheaper to buy a new one.

So I've got a shiny new desktop model and the laptop repair guy was kind enough to not throw out my old hard drive. It's sitting next to the new computer in one of those cool static electricity proof envelopes.

Is there a relatively simple way to get the critical data from the free floating formerly internal drive into the Big New Box?

Thanks in advance.



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    Originally posted by DJ Ran
    So the motherboard crapped on my laptop. Shot. And frankly, technology has advanced considerably since this thing was built. Relative availability of parts combined with labor and what I'd really still be able to do with it... it was long run cheaper to buy a new one.

    So I've got a shiny new desktop model and the laptop repair guy was kind enough to not throw out my old hard drive. It's sitting next to the new computer in one of those cool static electricity proof envelopes.

    Is there a relatively simple way to get the critical data from the free floating formerly internal drive into the Big New Box?

    Thanks in advance.


Yup. Go buy yourself a laptop to desktop hard drive adapter. Should run you about $20. Then, simply mount the hard drive in your desktop. Voila.

If you don't know how to put a hard drive in your desktop, here's how.
1. Set the jumper on your laptop drive to "slave." It should be marked on the top as to where the jumper needs to go.
2. Open your case and find your current hard drive (shut off the power and unplug the box first). There should be an expansion slot right below it. Slide the drive in and anchor it with a couple drive screws.
3. Your IDE cable running to your hard drive should have an open connector on it. Plug it into the second hard drive.
4. Plug in a spare power connector.
5. Boot. The PC should automatically detect the drive. You'll be able to pull anything off it. If it's a different operating system, you can format it to the new OS by right-clicking on the drive and selecting "convert" or "format." PULL ANYTHING YOU WANT OFF OF IT FIRST!

If you don't want to go through all that, or if opening the case will void your warranty, you should be able to find yourself an external HD case that will fit a laptop drive. Then, just plug it in _ it'll probably be USB _ and it'll mount as a regular drive.
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