Transferring data off a dead computer

By axe ยท 6 replies
Mar 6, 2008
  1. First post on this board, yeah!

    OK, so the plug on the AC adapter of my old Compaq laptop broke off recently, and I couldn't find a replacement for anything under $100 (it was a $700 computer!). Rather than pay that much for a new adapter, I did the only logical thing -- I ordered a new laptop. However, I need to find a way to get all my stuff from the old HD onto the new one, and the old laptop doesn't turn on anymore as the battery is dead. The only thing I could think of off-hand is to buy a HD enclosure, but is there any other (free) solution? TIA.
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    If you have an external USB hard drive, just put in there there usually (usually) the same

    Otherwise you need an adaptor to go from 2.5" to IDE to then mount inside any desktop (usually about $1)


    Dam pic was bigger than I thought !!!
  3. axe

    axe TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm afraid I have no idea what you just said... 2.5 to IDE? What does that mean? :haha:

    And yes I have an external USB HD, but how would I get what's on the dead computer onto the external HD, if the old computer can't turn on? :confused:
  4. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    I believe Kimsland is suggesting that you buy an adapter cable (such as this or this) that will allow you to hook the laptop HDD up in a desktop PC. Then, access the HDD and extract any data you care to.
  5. axe

    axe TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ahhh okay, thanks! :D
  6. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    ;) No problem...
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Doh! I'm getting worse everyday.

    I'll start being a lot more clearer in future (I may have rushed that post a tad)

    Thanks Zenosincks

    Anyway it's probably Sata inside that external caddy
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