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Unread 11 Aug 2007, 15:24   #1
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Old laptop hard drive.

I have an old laptop from about 5 years ago which today finally gave up the ghost completely. I'd only been using it as a word processor and a bit of inter web browsing in front of the telly. It wasn't an upsetting loss or anything.

I did however, before disposing of it, open it up and remove its hard drive. It's only tiny, a little 20gig. It does have a few files I'd like to retrieve. They aren't that important and it wouldn't be a tremendous loss if I couldn't get at them but I'd really like too.

The problem is the interface. The hard drive is quite small (obviously) and on the back on its little sticker it says it's a ATA/IDE interface. The drive its self is an IBM Travelstar.

Can anyone think of a way / know of a way that I can in some way interface with it to retrieve the data on it?

I'm a bit useless with hardware so any help would me much appreciated :-)
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Re: Old laptop hard drive.

you can get a 2.5" to 3.5" ide adaptor - and plug it into a desktop computer
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Re: Old laptop hard drive.

Ah right didn't realise that, thanks a lot Phil^.
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Re: Old laptop hard drive.

Or you could always buy a 2.5" hard drive enclosure thus turning the drive into a USB hard drive that you can then take around with you

Its what I do whenever a laptop dies on me or I replace it as they make good backup devices and are small enough that they are good for taking files around with you that are too big to really fit on a USB Pen Drive

You can pick one up from Dabs for under £6 ( http://www.dabs.com/ProductView.aspx?Quicklinx=3V65 )
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Re: Old laptop hard drive.

Ah nice one thank you Wakey. I've just put in an order for one now :-)
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Re: Old laptop hard drive.

What are things you would need in order to do all of this? My laptop is totally gone and I want the stuff on the HD which I didn't have a chance to transfer over to my desktop.

Do I have to open my desktop?
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Re: Old laptop hard drive.

only if you go the 2.5" to 3.5" converter route.. if you choose to buy a USB HDD enclusure you need only put the laptop drive into the enclosure and plug it into a USB slot on your desktop machine.
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