Salvaging a hard drive

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Old 03-23-10, 08:41 AM
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Salvaging a hard drive

The motherboard on my computer died, which isn't a big deal as I was ready to upgrade anyway. What is a big deal is that there is data on the hard drive that I need to retrieve. My thought is to hook up the hard drive to the new computer either within the tower or as an external unit. I would appreciate any feedback on the easiest, safest, and most economical way to do this.

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Old 03-23-10, 09:19 AM
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Easiest is to use an external drive enclosure with a USB connection. 5 min putting it in the encl...then just plug it in.
 
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Thanks for the feedback.

Is there anything special I need to know when shopping for the enclosure, or are they pretty much universal?
 
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Old 03-23-10, 10:48 AM
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Pretty universal as far as I know...thats assuming its a 3 1/2" drive. Hopefully yours isn't so old it has a 5 1/4 drive...lol. You can find generic kits at independent PC shops for $20-25
 
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The harddrive enclosures come in many flavors. First off you need to know what kind of drive you have, SATA or IDE. It will be stated on the harddrive. Then you need to decide if you want it to be powered by the computer thru the USB or by an external power source. Then you decide if you want a 2.5 (laptop) or 3.5 inch enclosure. Yes I doubt it is a 5.25 inch drive. Also most cheap enclosures do not have a fan built in. More expensive enclosures do have a fan in them. Depends on how long you plan to run the drive if you need a fan.
If the new computer is a cheap machine the power supply may already be marginable to powere the machine so I would go with an enclosure with external power. Radio Shack sell them for about $40. No software needed unless the computer it hooks to is Windows 95 or lower.
 
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If its just temporary these devices are useful.

USB Hard Drive Adapter at TigerDirect.com
 
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Old 03-28-10, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by tribe_fan View Post
If its just temporary these devices are useful.

USB Hard Drive Adapter at TigerDirect.com

Funny thing is I had the same exact problem so I went and got one of these adapters. My particular brand was Vantec. I followed the instructions to a T. Problem is, the computer I am currently using refuses to recognize the drivers or the device plugged into them.

So again, I am back where I started.
 
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If its just temporary these devices are useful.

USB Hard Drive Adapter at TigerDirect.com
I bought one of the item #2 and it worked perfectly for me. It is as close to universal as anything can be.
 
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