Long story short: mother board failure on old pc. Put old pc hard drive in enclosure, to transfer mainly photo files and word doc.s. Windows vista will not let me in on ext. hard drive while trying to view old docs and sets
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If you had given a password to windows vista on the the failed system. You would not be able to get into you files if they were saved in default folder like Documents >Pictures >music .
You need to use a data recovery sofware to do the job. A local tech would do the same for around 80$.
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As long as the hard drive is intact and has not been damaged, the easiest way to get your photos and other documents back would be to mount the drive in an external enclosure.
The other way, if you have some PC experience, you can hook your old drive up to another computer as a slave drive (secondary drive) and see if the drive and your files are still working. then you can transfer them to dvd or a flash drive.
The motherboard on that laptop is a real bear to replace. Your best bet is to find another dead one but that has a good motherboard (which is very hard to do) and try to make a frankenstein out of the two. What I would do if it were mine is just buy a new laptop and an external drive enclosure for the hard drive out of the dead Sony, then transfer the files from the old hard drive to the new laptop. Good luck!
You can transfer that hard drive to another, if you have accessories to put it on another laptop. Here's what you do: 1. Use HDD Enclosure 2.5 inches or Portable USB 2.5 inches Device to easily plug it on your laptop via USB.
Put the Hard Drive inside Portable Enclosure. Then plug it into your laptop & copy all your files. Good luck!
It sounds like the enclosure you're using may be failing or the drive itself could be on the fritz.
Take the enclosure to your local PC shop and have the techs transfer the hard drive to a new enclosre. If it works fine in the new enclosure, buy it and be on your way. If not, buy a new external and transfer(or have them transfer) all of you files to the new drive as the old one is failing and ready for replacement.
The esay way is to buy a USB external hard drive enclosure. Put the old drive in the device, plug it into a USB port and transfer the files. The operating system will be on your new conputer. Just copy the data files from the old hard drive.
This may sound silly, but does the external enclosure have power? You may have neglected to connect the required power adapter, or it may not be working properly. You might also have a problem with the enclosure's internal power or data cables. They are sometimes pretty flimsy, and sometimes they can go bad.
There's also the chance the drive itself is bad and isn't being detected as a result. Or the interface board in the external enclosure may have failed, and the drive is OK but the computer doesn't see it. If you are connecting to a desktop PC, you can try connecting the drive directly to the main board using an IDE cable and try accessing it that way. Just be sure to set the master/slave jumper accordingly if you do that.
Plug the external hard disk into another computer's USB 2.0 port. If the problem follows the device, then there is a failure either of the external hard disk enclosure or of the hard disk (inside the enclosure).
If yours is one that you built yourself, you can remove the hard drive from inside the enclosure and plug it directly into a desktop computer (or another external hard disk enclosure) to see if the problem follows. (If you need help w/ this, just let us know.)
If yours is a pre-built external hard disk (you bought it w/ the hard drive already built-in) then you'll (if you're inclined to do so) need to open the enclosure to get at the hard disk inside. This can be difficult. You may, depending upon the enclosure, need to damage the enclosure to get it opened up.
Please, let us know if this response was helpful for you or, of course, if you have any further questions.
I support the comments of (fire sine) I have the d2 120gb Lacie and it was down for two years. I took it to my apple guys and they said that I needed to go to a data recovery service which would cost a gang of money. Come to find out, when I decided to update my internal hard drive on my Mac Pro, I had to buy a SATA, IDE, USB 2.0 adapter to back up the internal and transfer to the new internal. Long story short, something said, Hey try and open the Lacie and bypass the board in the enclosure and connect directly to the Western Digital drive inside. AND WHALA! I got my info, so all I need is a new enclosure.