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Old 01-15-2012, 11:20 PM #1
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Recovering files from corrupt hard drive.

The hard drive from one of my old laptops does not boot up. When I turn it on it boots up to the starting windows screen then I get the BSOD. I can't see exactly what it says b/c it comes up then goes away quickly then reboots.

What's the best/cheapest way to get the files like pictures off it, or to just view the information on it.

I was thinking about getting a hard drive adapter, would this work? Could I just plug in the hard drive to the adapter and run it on a working pc. Is this all I would need?

Thanks.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:21 PM #2
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Yes, I use a SATA/IDE to USB adapter all the time.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:24 PM #3
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Yes, I use a SATA/IDE to USB adapter all the time.
I just want to make sure...So, you're saying the files with all the folders on the old HD would show up on a functioning PC even though the OS on the old hard drive is damaged? and I won't need any special software, right?
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:27 PM #4
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cheapest way is to plug it into another computer. and then recover the files. if it is coming up as a unreadabe partition try the software called getdataback
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:30 PM #5
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cheapest way is to plug it into another computer. and then recover the files. if it is coming up as a unreadabe partition try the software called getdataback
An "older" laptop drive would probably use the laptop-sized IDE connection, so the USB adapter would be the easiest option.

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I just want to make sure...So, you're saying the files with all the folders on the old HD would show up on a functioning PC even though the OS on the old hard drive is damaged? and I won't need any special software, right?
Right. The Windows install can be completely toast but the other folders will be intact 99 times out of 100.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:39 PM #6
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I got another question. I'm looking at IDE to usb adapters. I would need to also purchase a separate 'power adapter' for it to work (power the hard drive.) correct?
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:41 PM #7
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Not if it's a laptop IDE drive. Otherwise, yes. Here's the set I use, which comes with a power brick:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16812232002
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:46 PM #8
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I found this for 7 bucks lol, and free shipping.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A2X611LEQI9ZC1

Ok. Cool. Thanks for the help, hopefully when I get it, it works.
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