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Slaving a dead laptops drive

By Ericneedshelp ยท 6 replies
Jul 2, 2015
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  1. One of my laptops died and I wanted to recover the data from it. I have removed the dead laptops hard drive and connected it to one of my working computers with a SATA cable. The computer recognized a drive being present but I can't access the drive, it wants me to "format" the drive. Would that not erase the data I'm trying to recover?
    Any assistance would be appreciated.
     
  2. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,296   +373

    Yes, to format a drive is to erase everything on it. How did the laptop die?
     
  3. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,979   +71

    learninmypc likes this.
  4. Ericneedshelp

    Ericneedshelp TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Actually died from old age, laptop was put into service in 2009; primarily a word / internet machine so didn't have to be fast. Gave up a week or so ago. Will start the boot up sequence then fails part way through. So I went to the DOS prompt and attempted to use a start disk and still won't come alive. I had just hoped that pulling the drive would allow me to pull off the data.
     
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,296   +373

    No guarantee, but IF, & I emphasize IF the harddrive is ok, you might be able to put it on another laptop to recover whatever. But, NO guarantee. Good luck.
     
  6. Ericneedshelp

    Ericneedshelp TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you, I hadn't thought of that, just sliding it into the extra drive slot. Much appreciated and I hope this clears it out.
     
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 7,296   +373

    I wish you the best & please post back either way. :)
     

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