Retrieving Hard Disk Data

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  1. Kraig Lang

    Kraig Lang Stunt Coordinator

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    Howdy All,

    I've got a weird one that I'm hoping you can help me with. I killed my PC last weekend, so I went out and bought a new one. My problem is that I have some critical data on the old hard drives that I need to transfer over.

    Unfortunately, when I open the case of the new machine, the new hardrive is mounted in a way that I can't get the primary or secondary connections on the ribbon to connect to the old drive. Nor do I have any available power off the powersupply to connect.

    Can anyone think of a way that I can transfer data off a hard drive onto some form of transportable device without having to take apart another PC to do it? Are there extension cords and/or cable "Y"'s for ribbons and power? is this safe? I've got a Zen xtra with 15 free gig of space, but don't have a anything to mount the hard drive to, to get to the data.

    Any suggestions would be Greatly appreciated!!

    Thanks,
    Kraig
     
  2. Kraig Lang

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    Howdy All,

    I've got a weird one that I'm hoping you can help me with. I killed my PC last weekend, so I went out and bought a new one. My problem is that I have some critical data on the old hard drives that I need to transfer over.

    Unfortunately, when I open the case of the new machine, the new hardrive is mounted in a way that I can't get the primary or secondary connections on the ribbon to connect to the old drive. Nor do I have any available power off the powersupply to connect.

    Can anyone think of a way that I can transfer data off a hard drive onto some form of transportable device without having to take apart another PC to do it? Are there extension cords and/or cable "Y"'s for ribbons and power? is this safe? I've got a Zen xtra with 15 free gig of space, but don't have a anything to mount the hard drive to, to get to the data.

    Any suggestions would be Greatly appreciated!!

    Thanks,
    Kraig
     
  3. SethH

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    You could hit up Radio Shack for some new cables or extension cables. Or, you could go on Ebay (or an online hardware dealer) and buy an external case (either firewire or USB2.0). This would cost about $30-$50 and you could just slip your HD into it and use it as a portable drive.
     
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    You could hit up Radio Shack for some new cables or extension cables. Or, you could go on Ebay (or an online hardware dealer) and buy an external case (either firewire or USB2.0). This would cost about $30-$50 and you could just slip your HD into it and use it as a portable drive.
     
  5. Kraig Lang

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    Thanks Seth, I didn't even think about a portable sleeve. That helps a lot!!
     
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    Thanks Seth, I didn't even think about a portable sleeve. That helps a lot!!
     
  7. Glenn Overholt

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    Or...you could remove the CD drive and slip the old hard drive in it's place.

    Glenn
     

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