How do I hook up a notebook hard drive to my desktop to recover info?

By justduinit ·
I have a laptop that will not boot and want to remove the hard drive and use my desktop to recover information, both computers run XP Pro.

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The easy way is to

by OH Smeg In reply to How do I hook up a notebo ...

Remove the NB Drive fit it to a USB Caddy and plug it in that way.

But depending on the type of HDD Fitted tot he NB you either need a 2.5 to 3.5 Inch Converter and you need to plug in the Adapter the correct way around or you will destroy the IDE Interface on the M'Board by feeding power down a Logic Line. or if you have a SATA HDD you just remove it from the NB and plug into a SATA Data & Power Connectors in the Desktop. That is of course providing you have a SATA Connector in the Desktop.

It's easier getting a USB Enclosure to suit your HDD though and plugging it into a Spare USB Port and lifting the Data Straight off the HDD.

If you had a Password on the NB you may need to Take Ownership of the Files by following the directions here;en-us;308421

And if you had EFS in use you need to recover your copy of the Encryption Key from your Backup and mount it following the directions here

EFS = Encrypted File System and results in Green Files in My Computer or Explorer. :)


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Thanks For The Info

by justduinit In reply to The easy way is to

I will give it a try

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Your Welcome Glad to be of some Assistance. <NT>

by OH Smeg In reply to Thanks For The Info

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