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Hard drive failed

My laptop hard drive failed i geta blue screen with intructions... i was told i need to use a 2.5 ide to usb to get my files off the laptop before i send it away to get fixed.. how do i do this?

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  • Anonymous Jan 29, 2009

    Thanks ASKMEE, how do i do this tho? i am not very computer smart but i can't find anyone to do it for me... I have the adapter 2.5 ide to usb. I am lost....

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Start your computer and hit the F8 key. If it lets you get that far then you can backup your files to a USB drive. If you can;t get that far then like halljohnp said, your hard drive failed so you can't start it. Call the person who told you that back and ask him how you are supposed to do that if your hard drive is dead? Then let us know because that would be a good trick to know.

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If your hard drive failed you need to get another one.
Reason if it will not boot you cannot use a USB one

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Depending on your hard drive type IDE or SATA you can get an adapter here:
After that you can just insert your failed hard drive and use whole thing as an external hard drive i.e. connect it to usb port of another PC and fransfer the data
Good Luck

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  • Grigory Zyryanov Jan 29, 2009

    If harddrive doesnot boot it still can be used as usb. I have at least 3 of them which i pulled out of PC and they were dead (as PC guy said) but upon connection to USB adapter I could still retrieve the data. In most cases you can use them.

    Best regards and good luck

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