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Old 17-12-2017, 07:25 PM   #1
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Removing a hard drive

Bought a new laptop recently as old one was on its way out.
Just gone to switch old one on and it won't come on. Battery is dead and charger is not charging it!!
Can I remove the hard drive, connect it to something(simple) to get files off it or is it a job for a professional?
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Old 17-12-2017, 07:29 PM   #2
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Removing a hard drive

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Bought a new laptop recently as old one was on its way out.

Just gone to switch old one on and it won't come on. Battery is dead and charger is not charging it!!

Can I remove the hard drive, connect it to something(simple) to get files off it or is it a job for a professional?
Yes as a general answer, you can...

Take it out, connect it up and you should be able to see it as a drive and then go find your files - this is what I did with wife's old laptop HDD, but we didn't have and encryption etc on it...

I bought a HDD caddy and fitted it in this, pulled the files off it, wiped it completely and have it as a spare drive now...
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Old 17-12-2017, 07:31 PM   #3
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If you don't have another pc to plug it into you could get a cheap caddy and do it that way.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hard-Disk...YAAOSwWxNYwnEN
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Cheers guys. If I understand that correctly, I can remove the old drive pop it in that caddy suggested and plug that into my new laptop and shift data over to laptop?
I can then use the caddy as an external drive? That would be handy as I've been looking at an external drive for backing up as I've never done it!!!!
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Cheers guys. If I understand that correctly, I can remove the old drive pop it in that caddy suggested and plug that into my new laptop and shift data over to laptop?
I can then use the caddy as an external drive? That would be handy as I've been looking at an external drive for backing up as I've never done it!!!!
Exactly.

This is just what I did with my old windows laptop.
Took the drive out, put it in a caddy, plugged it into the usb port on the new laptop, copied that data over, then formatted the old drive and used it as a backup drive
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Exactly.

This is just what I did with my old windows laptop.
Took the drive out, put it in a caddy, plugged it into the usb port on the new laptop, copied that data over, then formatted the old drive and used it as a backup drive
Excellent, thanks for that. Much difference in caddys or are they all much of a muchness?
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I picked up PNY one from Currys.
Think it was about £14

You could get cheaper but I like the look of the PNY
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Just make sure you earth yourself, by grasping a radiator, before you disconnect the actual drive.
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Exactly.

This is just what I did with my old windows laptop.
Took the drive out, put it in a caddy, plugged it into the usb port on the new laptop, copied that data over, then formatted the old drive and used it as a backup drive
That is good advice, but I would add that an ex-laptop drive will almost certainly have a recovery partition hogging up to 20gb of disk space, that contains the laptop manufacturers recovery/restore files for restoring the laptop after a disasterous crash.

So... Having safely recovered your data and before you format the drive, run it through disk management in Windows to remove any unwanted partitions and release extra space. You should end up with a 100mb system reserved partition and the rest as useable space.

The format command alone wont recover this reserved space.



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