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Data Recovery My laptop starting making strange vibrating, almost grinding sounds whenever I would pick it up and hold it at the slightest angle. I feared the hard drive was about to crash so I began backing up my data onto an external hard drive. In the middle of the process, my laptop crashed and now will no longer boot up successfully. An error screen of some kind explained during a failed boot up that portions of windows were missing and that I needed to reformat the hard drive and reinstall the OS. I was in the process of backing up all my files when this happened so I really didn?t want to reformat and risk losing data. So I set out onto the internet to see if I could figure out some techniques for data recovery. I read somewhere online that I could try removing the hard drive and use an IDE to USB cable to access the weary hard drive with another computer and recover whatever data that is intact. I must have misunderstood the online information, which I can now not find again, because after ordering the IDE to USB cable and then attempting to use it, I discovered that the IDE cable quite obviously does not match the connection on the hard drive. I have no idea what the connection it is, it looks more like a RAM port with four little prongs in a square pattern on the side than the series of IDE prongs that I expected to find. It?s like a square peg and a round hole. I don?t understand. I thought all hard drives used IDE port, and if not I was pretty sure I read that my HP Pavilion?s hard drive had the IDE port. I?m obviously dreadfully ignorant in this matter and I probably have no business messing with this, but I figured the IDE to USB cable thing would be simple enough to try and avoid actually leaving the house. What kind of access can I have to my hard drive? Is there a cable I can get that will convert to USB so I can access my hard drive like an external hard drive?

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