:wtc: Laptop Fried, Data Lost, HEEEELP

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  1. frozenhubcap

    frozenhubcap New Member

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    So, this past weekend my lappy fried.

    It wasn't a huge loss. The laptop was kinda crappy, but I have some stuff on the hdd I want.

    I figured it would be as easy as poping it in an external enclosure and hooking it up to another compy.

    When I plug it into my macbook, it never registers at all... which I kinda figure is because it's an NTFS formatted hdd, but when I hook it up to my bud's Windows XP laptop, it went through the install thing, then said there was an error in the installation.

    I really don't want to have to download 30GB of music, lose all my ripped DVD's, all my photos, everything. However, I cannot justify spending umpteen $ on a professional recovery.

    Anyone have any tips?
     
  2. Schproda

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    Mac will read NTFS, or it did for me a few days ago...unless it was FAT32 and I didn't know it. Anyway, find another good laptop and put it in there. I wouldn't let it boot up, just see if you can read data from it.
     
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    Cables To Go is who I bought my HDD adapters from. I connect the cable and plug it into a USB port. It has saved my numerous times when having to get data from a HDD when the PC wouldn't load.
     
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    Is there anyway to make sure the drive is gonna work before I order that?

    I've already invested 30$ towards fixing it.
     
  6. deusexaethera

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    Not really. Without the adaptor, you won't be able to connect the hard drive to a computer that's big enough to let you put your ear up to the drive to hear if it's spinning.

    It will come in handy again someday.
     

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