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Can I back up data even if my laptop (Dell) won't start up???

Dell Inspiron 1505 won't start up. I want to do a pc restore but hate losing everything so I was wondering if I could save data w/out the laptop starting up? I've tried doing the chkdsk/r thingie and it keeps saying it's invalid and that I need to put the cd in but it IS in so don't know what that is.
My only solution is to do a pc restore which I've done before but I will lose everything. Is there a way to back up your files even when your pc doesn't start up???

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    Graeme Van Malsen May 11, 2010

    What operating system are you running?


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Sure there is there is a neat little product if you have another computer that you want to transfer it to for now this is about the only way to do it which would mean removing your hard drive and then plugging it into a sata or ide to usb adaptor ushally about 20 bucks and works great then after that if you want you can actually get another hard drive and use it as a usb drive more storage why not.

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  • Wesley Gardner
    Wesley Gardner Nov 30, 2008

    then you can put it back into the laptop and format it and restore it.


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