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GETTING INFO FROM OLD HARD DRIVR TO NE LAPTOP.

I NEED TO GET INFO FROM OLD HARD DRIVE TO NEW LAPTOP. OLD LAP TOP WONT POWER UP. SO BOUGHT IDE CABLE. BUT WHEN I CONNECT IT TO USB. NOTHING HAPPENS.. CAN YOU TELL ME HOW TO START IT UP. THANKS JANET.

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  • fuck bunny Nov 15, 2008

    I DONT UNDERSTAND ALL THE JARGON, ABOUT THIS PROCESS. LIKE, MASTER ,SLAVE, ECT.

  • thejohnsonsn May 11, 2010

    What make and model laptop is the old one that you need the data from ???

  • GingerGeek May 11, 2010

    Hi Janet

    Just to be clear, what have you bought? Have you got an external hard drive enclosure so you can connect the old laptop's hard drive to the new laptop via USB?

    If the old laptop will not power on at all i.e. it's dead, you need to get the hard drive out of the old laptop and connect it to the new laptop as an external drive. Not only will you be able to recover your data but you'll also get a fairly decent external storage from your dead lappy.


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If i were you i would take out the hard drive put it in a usb enclosed case then connect it but it does take alot of power

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If you cannot power on the old laptop, you'll have to remove the old hard drive and put it into a USB external drive casing. (I think you can find them for $1-$20 on Ebay, and they should be around 15-30 at a name brand store) Boot up your new laptop, once you're at the desktop plug in the old hard drive in its USB casing, then proceed to move the old files over. Laptops do not have two drive bays (generally), so you'll have to make the old HD into a USB external drive.

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Hard Drive requires lots of power to load. If you have purchased only the IDE cable to connect it to USB port, USB port will be unable to initialize the Hard Drive.
To make it work,you require an external casing for IDE Hard Drives with external power support. Like this one --  
http://shopping.rediff.com/shop/productdisplay.jsp?3.5Inch-USB-2.0-EXTERNAL-Casing-For-SATA-/-IDE-Hard-Drives&prrfnbr=10209520&source=browse&frompg=Hard%20Disk%20Drives

If you already have this casing with external power support, please let me know. 

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