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XP-Laptop recover data from NT-laptopHD?

By stef2k ·
Hi all,

I have a harddisk from a laptop (Toshiba HDD2143) which I want to retrieve data from. The laptop it used to be in (Compaq Ultra HiNote) doesn't recognize it anymore, and doesn't start up anymore. The OS on the HD is WindowsNT

I have another laptop (Toshiba Portege) with USB and Ethernetport. The OS on the HD is Windows XP.

Is there any way to get access to the data from the HDD2143 on the Toshiba Portege laptop?

I read that it is easy using a HD adaptor and put the HDD2143 in a normal PC, yet I don't have a PC. (Even if I found one, can an XP PC read the NT HD?)

So are there any adaptors to be used to connect the HDD2143 to the Toshiba Portege?



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by TheChas In reply to XP-Laptop recover data fr ...

The first question here, is is the hard drive dead, or was there a problem with the old laptop?

If the hard drive is dead or having problems, file recovery is more complex.

There is a TR download on 200 ways to recover data from a dead hard drive.

Yes, you can find external drive cases that allow you to connect a notebook drive to a USB port.

1 place that has some is www.compgeeks.com

As to your other question, yes, XP can read a NT drive.
Windows NT was the first version to use the NTFS file system.
XP uses and supports the NTFS file system along with the FAT16 and FAT32 file systems.


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by stef2k In reply to XP-Laptop recover data fr ...

Ok, am half way tru, got myself the External Hard Disk Drive for USB port, kinda 'nononses' thinggie, 20USD.

If I put in a "working" laptopHD, I can on the spot see the files.

If I put my "maybe dead" HD in, the windows explorer says that there is a device with 0Mb connected, so no data to be found there.

Any suggestion what to do now?

And where do I find your :
"There is a TR download on 200 ways to recover data from a dead hard drive."



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by brian In reply to XP-Laptop recover data fr ...

I would go into disk manager to see if the drive has partitions that might be hidden. To get there right click on my computer and choose manage. The disk manager will be on the left pane. Be careful. Report back if unsure.

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by DAN_HAMMOCK In reply to XP-Laptop recover data fr ...

If windows is assigning a drive letter to the drive, you may be able to run chkdsk on the drive. Open command prompt and enter "chkdsk x: /f"

This has worked for me in the past.

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