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Broken laptop, but I need everything on it!

By maschlic
Nov 22, 2011
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  1. So I'm not a complete computer guru, so I'm hoping someone can help me! My wife's computer was dropped recently and seems beyond repair, but I have documents and pictures and things on there I would love to have back. Is there a way to get them off if the computer can no longer be turned on?
     
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Yeah it should be possible assuming the hard disk wasn't damaged when the laptop was dropped.

    Your best bet is to buy an external enclosure for a 2.5" disk (which is what is fitted to a laptop) and then connect it to another computer using that enclosure. Its then just a simple case of transferring files over to the other computer.
     

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