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Data Extraction

By lostviking
Jul 27, 2013
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  1. I have an old laptop HDD (I think it's out of a Dell Latitudes laptop) and I need to access data off of it. I have an SATA/IDE to USB adaptor that I've used successfully several times in this type of situation. However, this particular drive won't respond when I hook it up. It just doesn't spin. I took it to a computer shop to see if they could help me, but they weren't able to get it going.
    My thinking is, if I was a bad guy and the F.B.I. confiscated this drive, how would they get info off of it? There must be a way. Any thoughts?
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,531   +300

    Buy the exact same drive on ebay. If the drive isn't spinning up it is a board issue (or a HORRIBLE spinny failure). So, get the exact same drive from ebay or somewhere else, and swap out the PCB. Problem solved.
  3. lostviking

    lostviking TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    I actually do have another one of these drives, and have wondered if there was a way to do something like you suggested, SNGX1275. The big question is, how is this done?
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,531   +300

    You just remove the screws, swap boards, put screws back.

    Here you go:


    Ignore the part with the master/slave jumpers for sata drives.


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