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Notebooks Laptop HDD Adapter

Discussion in 'Tech Support' started by Interloper, 17 Sep 2010.

  1. Interloper

    Interloper Faux Pro Modder

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    Hello!

    I was asked to repair a friend's laptop and I have been unsuccessful. So here I am, asking for some help.

    I have a laptop HDD and it refuses to boot anymore.

    The person has gone ahead and bought a new laptop so now I am at the stage where I want to extract their personal files so they can transfer them to their new laptop.

    I have searched for laptop HDD adapters and haven't been successful in finding one that seems to be compatible with the HDD interface type. It is a SATA drive, but from all the adapter pictures I've looked at, it wouldn't work.

    Here is the HDD
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    If anyone knows of a relatively cheap adapter that would work, please share.
    I should also mention I am in the United States.

    Thank You!
     
  2. thehippoz

    thehippoz What's a Dremel?

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  3. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    thehippoz What's a Dremel?

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    Gryphon What's a Dremel?

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    In that pic it looks like your HDD is still in the tray to attach it to the laptop... maybe if you take it out the tray you'll get the normal sata ports?
     
  6. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    After re-reading this, I think the sticking point is the "non-standard" interface on the 2.5" hard drivef. Have you seen that before?

    OP: what brand/model laptop did it come from?
     
  7. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    LOL, I had to turn my laptop screen on it's side to see it but I think this ^ may be right.
     
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  8. Interloper

    Interloper Faux Pro Modder

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    It came from a HP Pavillion dv6000? I believe that's it.

    I'll check on the cage option after work.
     
  9. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    Oh yeah...lol thats what I've just doing:duh:. As has already been said, get it out of the caddy and then just hook it up to a normal PC as you would a normal HDD and then you can access it.
     
  10. Interloper

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    Yup, I didn't fully examine the HDD. :duh:

    Tray removed, standard SATA connectors were found. :duh:

    Thanks!

    Good news out of this is that I may have just received a free laptop. Ill wipe the drive and put Win 7 on it after and see if it fixes it. :D
     
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  11. Interloper

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    OK, need some opinions/confirming what I think is wrong with this drive.

    I have hooked it up to one of my PCs as a secondary drive and I am able to navigate around in it. However, the minute I try to do a copy from that drive to mine, the whole PC freezes. I've tried many times and each time it yields the same result. Frozen PC, have to do a hard shut down.

    I am leaning towards the direction that the drive is damaged internally somewhat.

    I'm out of ideas on how to maybe save these files.
    The drive will NOT boot.
    The drive will freeze if I try to do ANY sort of activity within it, save for navigating.

    Any other approaches out there?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  12. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    Try using a disk imaging tool to create an image (e.g. ISO) of the drive that you can then mount with software.

    Disk imaging tools tend to access the drive at a lower hardware level so could get around any software issues.

    Worth a try...
     
  13. bartiszon

    bartiszon Minimodder

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    The sector backup before you try to recover any data is a very good advice.
    It looks like this HDD is in poor condition and every attempt to copy can make it worse.
    First you should check how bed it is: keep attention for a strange noises while it starts, then try to get some SMART info (e.g. health status in HD Tune).
    Strange noises (knocking, squeaks or cheeps) - condition of HDD's mechanism.
    SMART - condition of the magnetic surface.
     
  14. Andy Mc

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    I would recomend Spinrite, as I hear nothing but good things about it. However it is $89 so that goes against it.
     

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