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DELL INSPIRON E1505 NOTEBOOK (Motherboard/ Hard Drive Problems)

My laptop won't turn on. It knocks out the indicator light on the adapter when I plug it up. The battery is good, at 80%. So I tried to turn the computer on using the battery only. It still did not turn on.  A Dell tech person diagnosed over the phone that the problem was my motherboard. He also estimated that it would cost in the neighborhood of $400-$500 for a new motherboard & service.  Well I might as well buy a new laptop, Right?
In the Meantime, I need to get some documents off of my hard drive.  I tried to transfer the documents to my desktop computer and encountered another issue.  There is no icon for the Dell drive, so I can not open it.  I checked the device manager and it shows that the dell drive is there, but how can I open it to get my important information out?

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  • Anonymous Feb 20, 2009

    where can I find the instruction on how remove and replace motherboard for a dell inspiron e1505

  • Eric Smale
    Eric Smale May 11, 2010

    How did you hook up the drive?



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You have 2 solutions here, basically.

1 - Buy an external hard drive enclosure for laptop hard drive and connect that via USB to your desktop. After that, Windows should pick it up as an external drive, like a USB stick.

2 - If you can get the computer to turn on, you can connect the laptop and desktop together via network card (ethernet cable) with a CrossOver cable. You'd set the desktop IP settings statically to,, and the laptop to,, Then you'd just browse from one to the other by \\<computername>\c$, log in if it asks, and copy what you need.

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