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By rossanna ·
My Sony Vaio WinXP has a corrupt system32 which prevents me from booting to windows. I foolishly did not have recovery system installed, can't get to safe mode and 'last know good config' doesn't work. Sony Vaio doesn't have a 'repair' option, only 'recovery', which means wiping disk clean and reinstalling to original state. I can replace almost everything, but I need to save a few files. I was told to get a Laptop HDD adapter and connect to my desktop (PII 450MHz dual boot 98SE/2K Pro system) and back up files that way, but was not told how. Can't find a tutorial on this subject anywhere on the internet.

Problem: Using the Laptop HDD adapter, I connected laptop HD to desktop via the IDE cable that is attached to desktop HD. It's when the power plug gets connected (to the extra coming out of the power supply) that my desktop freezes. Am I not connecting the power plug to the right connector? As soon as I unplug the power to the adapter, my desktop is fine. Am I connecting the adapter correctly? Do I need to set jumpers? If so, how?

I also read online somewhere to connect everything and then turn computer on so the laptop drive could be found, but that results in a "no os found" message.

What am I doing wrong?

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by 1stladytech In reply to connect crashed laptop to ...

Sounds like you have the adapter on the wrong way. Most of them will indicate pin 1 on the adapter. If you look at the notebook drive, you will notice that the 40 pins that connect to the cable have a space and usually 4 more pins to the edge of the drive. The adapter should be plugged in with pin one towards the extra group of pins. Connect the adapter and ps plug to the drive prior to booting, and your motherboard should see the drive and be able to read it.

Good luck,

Vickie

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by rossanna In reply to connect crashed laptop to ...

That's how I've been hooking it up, but I did it one more time in case I was off a pin. The same thing happens; it doesn't see the desktop os and won't boot.

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by pctech In reply to connect crashed laptop to ...

Hi,
Always have the PC turned off before connecting or disconnecting any drives that are not "hot swapable". The laptop drive, for sure, is NOT hot swapable. What I suspect is happening that the jumpers on your primary drive are not set to have a slave drive attached. Forget about setting the laptop drive up on the same IDE port as the PC hard drive, instead, disconnect any drives on the secondary IDE port, you will not need them for data transfer, and put the laptop drive on this port. As long as the laptop drive is functioning and properly cabled, as ladytech advised, you should be able to boot and recover your data.

I hope this helps

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by rossanna In reply to connect crashed laptop to ...

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by djent In reply to connect crashed laptop to ...

Are yo connecting both drives to a common drive cable? If you are move the laptop drive to the secondary IDE cable, both drives are set as master and contend for master status and lockup.

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by rossanna In reply to connect crashed laptop to ...

Success!! It turned out I didn't need to set jumpers, switch cables or change the bios...just plug into secondary IDE port (as was suggested).

Solution: 1) I went to Staples and bought an Ultra ATA/133 interface cable (80-pin) 2) disconnectedCD-ROM and plugged into secondary port with new cable 3) attached adapter with laptop drive 4) started system up and there everything was.

So many thanks to everyone who sent suggestions. Lesson well learned on my part: backup every day! and install recovery service (that's what it's there for!) :-D

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