Please help! How can I retrieve my old music library from old Hard drive

By vlprn4life ·
Can someone PLEASE help me? I am a grad student with little money so I cannot afford to pay anyone for this. My Windows Vista laptop crashed with my full music library on it. There were approximately 1,100 songs and 90% of the music wasn't purchased through iTunes. I threw away the laptop but removed the hard drive prior. Is there a way ( some device) that I can attach to the old hard drive that I have and remove the old music library? I was just wondering if there is a jump drive BIG enough to handle all that data? If not, what and how? My next issue will be attaching the removed music to my new laptop which is a refurbished iBookG4. I know this is asking alot but I am DESPERATE to not have to try to buy all of this music again.

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Data recovery

by vik808 In reply to Please help! How can I re ...

I used this program once and it worked pretty good....
Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery for Windows (think it was like $50).

It will only work if the drive still functions though.

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retrieve my old music library from old Hard drive

by pmmrozinsky In reply to Please help! How can I re ...

Purchase a 2-1/2 external hard drive case. I have three that were made by Mad Dog. They have a USB interface in them on a approx. five inch long by two an one half inch wide circuit board and you hard drive plugs into the header pin socket. There are screw holes in the circuit board to screw to the hard drive, which then slides into the case. The iBook will install it the same as a USB memory stick. You should be able to copy the WAV and MP3 files to the iBook hard drive and when you are done copying the files you can format your old drive in the external case and put the music back on it. You could also have someone with a Windows system copy the music files to DVDs or memory sticks also.

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by vlprn4life In reply to retrieve my old music lib ...

THanks for all the great info!

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retrieve my old music library from old Hard drive

by paulprivate In reply to Please help! How can I re ...

Download a copy of Hirens Boot CD 15.1 ISO
Burn the ISO to CD (not as a file but as an 'Image')
Boot your crashed Windows PC from this Hirens Boot CD.
(set Bios to boot from CD before HD)
On booting from Hirens select 'Mini XP' and a Windows XP like environment starts up.
Now just attach a USB stick or drive and copy from the hard drive.
Cost 50c max.

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recover music

by maccolar In reply to Please help! How can I re ...

1. Stop write anything to your harddrive,otherwise you will re-write the files and permanently loose your important data.

2. Use some data recovery software like this one. My friends recommend it to me, it works pretty well. And then scan your hard drive with the program, set a destination folder (folder where recovered files will be saved) somewhere on your computer. When the scan was finished, it will return a file list, you can choose the files you want to recover.
Hope this help!

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get an IDE to USB connector

by Puma4927 In reply to Please help! How can I re ...

You have to buy IDE to USB connector from a pc store near you using which you can connect your laptop hard disk to any system or laptop having usb ports. After connecting the drive you can access the data in it, if not you can also use data recovery software and scan the drive one good data recovery tool is available to download from

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windows data recovery software.

by mmaster3210 In reply to Please help! How can I re ...

You can try any windows data recovery software.

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