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Dead PC, Hard Drive Data transfer to iMac

Q: Dead PC, Hard Drive Data transfer to iMac


I have 2 dead PCs that I have not gotten into for at least 2 years. I have been using an iMac, and I am getting ready to throw out the PCs. I decided to fire them up to get the data off of them that I wanted so that I could put them on my Apple, but the motherboards are dead.

I took the hard drives out, and need something to plug into the 2 drives that I can transfer Pictures, Videos, Music, Documents, etc. off. So that I can upload them onto my Mac. Is there a device that allows me to transfer straight from the drives to the Mac, or do I need to use a PC to transfer them to a USB Thumbdrive first, then upload to my Mac. Either way is fine, but I'm not sure what to look for.

One drive is a SATA, and the other is (UDMA/IDE)?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: Dead PC, Hard Drive Data transfer to iMac

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Hi guys,

My old laptop died. However, the hard disk is intact, and I can use it in a caddy and view these files from the hard disk, on my new laptop.

I had a bunch of sites configured in Dreamweaver on my old laptop. For one of them, I do not have any independent record of the ftp, username and password details!!

So I need to get them off my old hard drive. I would have run Dreamweaver on my old laptop and exported the site details so I could view them on the new laptop.

However, I can't run Dreamweaver on my old laptop, as it's dead!

So my question is, given that I have my old laptop's hard drive intact, how can I locate the Dreamweaver site definitions and export them so I can import them to my new laptop?

is it at all possible?


A:Dreamweaver - transfer site details from old hard drive (dead pc)

I've never had to do this for Dreamweaver, but I have fore other programs, for the same reason.

You should try to sync the folders; this might save you a needless headache....

First install Dreamweaver with the exact setting you used on the laptop. Then use Microsoft's SyncToy or PortableApps's Toucan To synchronize the Dreamweaver laptop folder with the Desktop's folder.

I can't think of a reason why that info wouldn't be copied along with the rest; unless for some reason it's being stored outside of Dreamweaver's folder.

Also, make sure Windows is set to show hidden files and folders before you start, and make sure Dreamweaver isn't running.

Start -> Control Panel -> Control Panel Menu -> Tools -> Folder Options -> View -> check "Show hidden files and folders"

Hope this helps

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I installed a 60GB SSD a couple of years ago when they were quite expensive. I planned to use it solely for the operating system (Windows 7 Ultimate x 64). However over the years, it has become full to overflowing. I would like to clean it up and return it to the operating system only. Unfortunately I do not have the original disks or access to the installation programs for most of the information on the SSD. I have two other hard drives in the system - a 500GB Velociraptor that I originally wanted to hold all the programs and a 1000GB for the data. Can anyone tell me the best way to transfer the data off the SSD without screwing up my system? Thanks!

A:Transfer data from SSD to another hard drive?

Quote: Originally Posted by zyton777

I installed a 60GB SSD a couple of years ago when they were quite expensive. I planned to use it solely for the operating system (Windows 7 Ultimate x 64). However over the years, it has become full to overflowing. I would like to clean it up and return it to the operating system only. Unfortunately I do not have the original disks or access to the installation programs for most of the information on the SSD. I have two other hard drives in the system - a 500GB Velociraptor that I originally wanted to hold all the programs and a 1000GB for the data. Can anyone tell me the best way to transfer the data off the SSD without screwing up my system? Thanks!

Not having the Win 7 disks is no problem as long as you have the Product Key, the 25 character code that is on a small sticker somewhere on your PC. You can download the ISO from here Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River ? My Digital Life and burn onto a DVD (not more than 4X) and use this for a clean install on your SSD. When you are happy with the install, you can insert your Product Key and active your Win 7. Use this tutorial to aid on your installation.
Clean Install Windows 7 Good luck

If you can put some programs on your SSD, you will see a big advantage in speed. This is the desired way to install SSD's.

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I have an older Pc but still works well, I am running windows xp sp2. I recently acquired a much larger hard drive than the one I am currently using, and a friend of mine mentioned changing them out, but I have no idea how to accomplish this.

I also would like to delete the information that was on the new hard drive previously, I took out my cd-rom and put the new hard drive in its place as a slave and it was recognized on startup, but I would like to have it as master with all my files and Os from my old hard drive.

A:I need to transfer data from one hard drive to another

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Hey all,

Right now one of my hard drives is almost full. It's a 186 gig and I've got like 2 gigs left to use on it, lol. But then I also have a totally unused 298 gig HDD (it's already installed though). What I want to do is transfer some of my stuff, well... MOST of my stuff.... from the 186 gig to my 298 gig. But I want to do it the right way so I don't corrupt any files or anything.

Basically the biggest things are all of my games, my music (I have like 20 gigs of mp3s lol), and some other media.

The only way I can think of to move the stuff from one HDD to the other is to just sit there and drag all the stuff, folder by folder, file by file, to my 298 gig, but that just seems a little too easy. Is that not the right way to do it?

I figured there would be some kind of formal Windows XP method to do it but I wasn't sure.

Any help with this would be appreciated. Thanks in advance, folks!

BTW, yes I am using Windows XP SP2.

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Is there a way to transfer data from a old internal hard drive from a old computer (motherboard crashed) to my new computer??
The old was Win 98 the new is Win XP. I do not want to open the new computer to slave the old drive because it will void the warrenty. I do not want to loose all the data on the old drive. Any suggestions would be welcome.

A:transfer data from old hard drive

You'll need to hook that drive up to something in order to transfer the data. Go to Start > Progarms > Accessories and try the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in XP.

There are cases that you can buy that will allow you to run a hard drive externally through the USB port. Some come with drives but you can buy them empty. If you got one of those, you'd also be able to use it for saving an image of your new hard drive in case it crashed.

Here's an example:

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hello Everyone,

I want to upgrade my old hard drive because I think my old one is on the way out.

Is there a way to copy everything from one drive to another so I don't have to go through the process of installing the operating system and all the applications from scratch?

Thank you


A:Transfer all data from one hard drive to new one

Most hard drive manufactures provide software so you can move your windows from the old drive to the new drive. What brand name and model number is the new drive? (this info will help us help you get the software to do this from the manufacture)

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Is there an easy way to transfer everything from one hard drive to another if I put one in as master and the other as slave. Can you just do a disk copy?? Want to replace a smaller hard drive with a larger one and just want to transfer everything on to it. Thanks in advance

A:hard drive data transfer

Most harddrive manufacturers have a utility on their support web site that will do it for you. Check their site first.

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The motherboard on my Lenovo 910 crashed due to an overheated charger. I wanted to place data on the hard drive from the broken laptop onto another Lenovo laptop, the Yoga 2 Pro Model 20266, but they're incompatible. I'm particularly in need of Outlook email and calendar, or documents that weren't backed up to an external drive while an IT guy was diagnosing the system failure. What's the easiest, fastest way to get data on the new machine? I don't have the adapter, equipment nor expertise to do it.

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My friend got a new dell and it didnt have any ide ports. So i told her i would take her old IDE hard drive and transfer all of its contents to one of my sata hard drives and then take my sata hard drive over to her house and put all the data on her hard drive. I installed the ide in my system no problem but when i try and transfer all the data i get errors with security. i tried this You don't currently have permission to access this fold and it allows me access to that folder but not to its files or sub folders. I get errors like these depending on if its a file or folder error TinyPic I could go through and do this for every single file but that would take about 13 years lol. I started doing that but then i realized that ill prob have to do the same thing when i take my hard drive to her computer. Is there a way to blanket the whole hard drive and give me, the admin, rights to every file

Windows 7 It was my idea... sigh


A:IDE hard drive data transfer

Quote: Originally Posted by fatcat87

My friend got a new dell and it didnt have any ide ports. So i told her i would take her old IDE hard drive and transfer all of its contents to one of my sata hard drives and then take my sata hard drive over to her house and put all the data on her hard drive. I installed the ide in my system no problem but when i try and transfer all the data i get errors with security. i tried this You don't currently have permission to access this fold and it allows me access to that folder but not to its files or sub folders. I get errors like these depending on if its a file or folder error TinyPic I could go through and do this for every single file but that would take about 13 years lol. I started doing that but then i realized that ill prob have to do the same thing when i take my hard drive to her computer. Is there a way to blanket the whole hard drive and give me, the admin, rights to every file

Windows 7 It was my idea... sigh


Hi and welcome

You need to take ownership. instructions here. Take Ownership Shortcut Once added just right click the folder you and highlight take ownership.


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Does anyone have any recomendations for transferring the entire c: drive from one hard drive to a file on another hard drive? right now i am using cobian 8 for the software and usb/ide cable for the transferring? it is not very quick or reliable and i would rather find something a lot quicker and a lot more reliable, any recommendations will be extremely appreciated!!! Thank You!!

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A few days ago, one of my hard drives failed in a somewhat curious fashion. Prior to the failure, the only clue to the impending situation was that my firewall was seeing it as I:8, instead of C:, as it should have.

I mistook this for being a problem with the firewall, instead of hardware. Since the only I partition on the system was on an IDE drive, instead of the SATA where the OS is installed, I deleted that partition in Disk Management, but upon rebooting, it would not reach desktop, until I disconnected the IDE drive.

The only way that I could connect the drive at all, was to install in in an external IDE case and power it after booting. Unfornately, the OS nor several other managment or diagnostic programs were able to see the drive even then.

I may be wrong, but I'm thinking that the HD's logic board went bad and that the data it contained is still intact on the drive, therefore I'm looking for a means to retrieve it. That is not possible via O&O DiskRecovery, and I doubt that it is by any other conventional recovery program.

Somewhere I believe that I have another drive like it, stashed in a closet somewhere, that I thought about cannabalizing the logic board from, but it has been so long since it failed, I can't remember how it did so.

From what I read on one website, even an exact replacement of the logic board might not work, because it changes over time as it ages.

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A:Resurrecting Data From Dead Hard Drive

Aside from putting an EXACT logic board in place of the suspected dead one, or sawping the platters (in a super clean room) in to an IDENTICAL drive, there is really nothing else you can do but send it off to a drive recovery service and pay then a few thousand dollars to do the same. Good luck!

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My desktop is a Dell XPS 410 that is 21 months old. Yesterday it freaked out. According to my daughter she left it for a few minutes and when she came back the screen had gone black and there was a white error message on it, unforunately she did not write down the error message but she turned the unit off and tried to restart it. At first it would go to the screen after the Dell splash Bios. But after a few starts it wouldn't even go there.
I ran a diagnostic on it from the F12 option and I got several errors all of them attached to the message that the IDE device failed. I am assuming that my hard drive is gone. I have several questions. Is it possible that I am wrong? I can not get it to do anything other than the F12 option, no F8, no F2. I did clean the inside of my tower and that did not help either.
My huband has over 5000 songs on that drive all downloaded from reputable sites (the pay ones like Walmart, Rhapsody, and Amazon) is there anyway to recover these so all he has to do is get them re-licensed instead of having to buy them all over again?
I am assuming that I need to buy a new hard drive but which one is best?
I guess I just seriously need help. This is very depressing.

A:Dead hard drive?? Is data recovery possible?

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Hi, My HP G42 - 356TU Laptop's internal Hard Disk (Seagate) has crashed Suddenly and it is not getting detected by system. This hard disk contains some of my important documents and study materials which I want to recover. When I contacted a service center, I was told that it can be recovered by some expert professionals but that is a bit costly affair. Can anyone suggest, how the data can be recovered from the hard disk.? Thanks in advance for help. Regards,

A:to recover data from dead hard drive

Whether data can be recovered without heroic means depends on whether it spins up when connected to another computer with a usb to SATA adapter. You definitely want to remove it from the old machine as trying to boot from it will continue to damage whatever data is on there. I like to try to recover data from a Linux environment as Linux reads disks a bit differently than Windows and often the drive will mount and files will be visible in Linux that are not in Windows. There is also software that can read the drive "raw" even if the partition table is so messed up that files and folders are not visible. Post back with any more questions. 

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Tried yesterday with an SATA adapter (unpowered) and my Yoga 920 would ding that something was plugged in, but wouldn't show it in File Explorer.Traded the unpowered drive for a powered one and the same result, a ding but nothing shows up. Is there something else that I can do? Thanks in advance

A:Can I remove the hard drive from my Yoga 2 Pro and plug it into an SATA drive and transfer the data?

I am confused.  You are talking about an mSATA -> USB adapter?  mSATA-> 2280 SSD?  What is a powered mSATA adapter?

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Is there a program taht will allow for this, that is relatively cheap, or is there a way to do it without using a program?

A:Data transfer from hard drive to hard drive via USB cables

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I have a dell 2400 that died on me so I pulled the hard drive hoping to transfer pictures, quickbooks, etc. to my new laptop. I have a self powered Sabrent SATA/IDE USB adapter from newegg. Anyone use on of these before and have any luck???

Any information will be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

A:Transfer data off of old hard drive to laptop

tried with both 3.5inch IDE, 2.5inch IDE and sata with no problem. looks the same with different brand though.

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Ive been using my 500gb hitachi hard drive for along time now and its just about full, i have a new 1TB hard drive which is also more powerful.

Does anyone know how i can transfer all the contents from my old 500gb hard drive onto this new 1TB hard drive, as its running slow with only half a gb free space on it.
I want to sell my old 500gb hard drive after i have transfered all my data from it to my new one.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

A:Hard Drive Upgrade - How to transfer old data to new hdd

Get yourself some software to do it would be my answer, I dont know if you would have to reinstall vista.
Acronis seem a good supplier.

This should copy the compleate HD.
Install the new HD with a fresh install of Vista and directly copy the contents of the second drive(Just the data you want to keep) to the new one.

Look here for more info Partition Copying Utilities (Drive Copy, etc.)

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I am nnot sure if this is the right board, but here goes. I have a compaq 6270s. It was only a cheap backup for some files and office work. However recently the laptop took a bit of a bump and I am almost certain the hard drive has failed. Now I have another cheap replacement coming. The harddrive of the laptop can be easily removed. I wanted to know if it would be possible to transfer the data or at least some of it to my new computer and if so if there is a cheap piece of equipment that I can just plug the harddrive into and then connect it via USB to the laptop and just transfer like you would with any USB stick? Because the Compaq laptop won't boot up, there is nothing I can do from that angle however a quick search of Amazon showed all these results... https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2/255-9957494-1401233?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keyword... the first few seem as simple as plugging the harddrive in and connecting it via USB. Obviously the harddrive is not working to the point of booting up the laptop but might it still have the individual files I want? And secondly is the harddrive to USB as simple as I described. Thanks for your help. 

A:Hard drive data transfer to another laptop? HELP

@Tech-user93 Very simple, one of the following enclosures can do the job:        http://www.msy.com.au/132-25-hdd-enclosure You can re-use it many times. Regards.

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I went to Fry's to have my computer (HP Windows XP) looked at because it wouldn't turn on. I was told that my mother board was fried. So, I bought a new computer (HP pavillion with vista) and a hard drive enclosure and the guys at Fry's put my hard drive in it and told me that I would just need to hook it up, turn it on and drag and drop my files. I've tried that but it's not working. Could someone please take pitty on me and tell me how to do this. I've got very simple computer skills. I appreciate any and all advice!! Thanks in advance. Jen

A:How do I transfer data from hard drive to new computer?

Hi, Jen, and welcome to the forums.

First off, some info:
What was your old OS? What OS are you running now? What have you tried to do, and what happened when you tried that? Have you gotten any error messages?

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My computer decided to die on me, so now I want to transfer my data from the hard drive in the dead computer to my new one. I am not sure how to do this. I have heard of using an external hard drive or some way where you make it the slave I'm not really sure.
I have an IDE, 80gb, 5400 rpm, 3.5 in hard drive.
All help will be appreciated!

A:How can I transfer data from old hard drive to new computer?

Put the drive in the second bay jumpered as a slave or on the second SATA cable.

Then drag and drop or use recovery software.

Or buy a good Powered (Addonics, for example) USB external drive Enclosure. Put the old drive in there, and plug it into a USB port where you can see everything... then drag and drop all the data... etc.

You can take as long as you need to get it right.

You might want to read up on where Outlook Express, Outlook, Firefox and so on keep their files... Quicken, Quickbooks, etc. But it is relatively trouble free.

You want the enclosure that has its own power adapter that plugs into the wall, as it really taxes your system to run this external drive off the USB power.

Be sure to shop for the correct enclosure. They have them for both SATA and EIDE and are not usually interchangeable.

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I am using Windows XP and the battery is dead and will not powernon/charge with/without the battery. I am needing information off of the hard drive. How can I get it. I have a netbook I can use but that is the only other computer. Its basically music and picture files. Any suggestions helps......The ac power jack has been replaced and the power cord has been replaced in the other dead laptop....Edit: Moved topic from Tutorials to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:how do I extract data from a dead laptops hard drive

Buy so called USB hard drive enclosure.
You put laptop's hard drive inside and connect it through USB cable to your netbook.

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My old laptop is dead (will not start up -- it's either the mobo or CPU). I read in a previous forum post to buy an adaptor that converts your laptop hard drive to be able to connect to the desktop -- the link no longer works. So....

I found this connector from CompUSA -- will this work?


A:Dead Laptop Hard Drive Data Recovery

That will work just fine.

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I finally got around to taking my computer to a professional after having it fail to boot. The drive is dead. He couldn't access it by any means.

So it looks like a data recovery service is my last option to actually pull the drive itself apart and physically make the data accessable and copy it. I can find several online, but have no idea of one over the other. And with pricing done on a case by case basis according to thier sites, all I can find is that these services are 'expensive'.

I'd like to have an idea of what 'expensive' is prior to contact some of these places. Best I can find any discussion of is a low range of $500-$1,000 and moving up from there.

Does anyone have any hard number ranges? Anyone have experience with or recommendations for any data recovery services?

I'm not sure how much I'm really willing to spend on this. I hadn't been regularly backing up because I never considered most of my stuff to be very worthwhile. I have most of my music on my iPod, so I wasn't worried about losing most of that, but I know there is some there I will lose. The real problem is that just about all the pictures of my daughter for the last six months are on there. And of course with a newborn, I didn't have the time to setup a backup system or manually do it.

I wasn't sure what section this would best fit in. If it should go elsewhere, let me know.

As always, thanks for any help. I appreciate the time.

A:Dead hard drive. Data recovery services.

I think there's a $50 evaluation fee but you're not charged further if they can't recover the data. Very good at what they do (employ both software and hardware recovery methodology-the cheaper ones usually only have software), not cheap but not outrageous either.

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I have an X1 Carbon 2nd gen with a motherboard that just failed on me. I've ordered a new X1 Carbon 7th gen, but I need to pull the data off the hard drive of the 2nd generation.  It's the original 256 GB SSD drive. What's the best/easiest solution to do so? I guess I'm looking at some kind of external case or hookup/adapter to another computer, but no idea what specifically I should be looking at. Specific product or link to it would be a big help. Thanks!

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I have connected the hard drive from a dead Thinkcentre 91z that was running Windows 10 (upgraded from Windows 7)  by usb cable to transfer user files to new computer.Documents etc went over fine but can't find Outlook .PST file.  Realised then that I can't find program files or user appdata files even when I changed folder view to show hidden drives and folder etc.  Where are they?

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I recently accidently dropped my 80g western digital hard drive that uses IDE cable. Now it makes a rattling noise. The system (ME or 2000) no longer sees the hard drive.

-I tried a program called getdataback for FAT and it didn't even know there this hard drive was connected.
-I tried the fdisk command just to see if it will display the hard drive and it did not.
-I got a new IDE cable and still have the problem
-I tried the utilities that normally come with new hard drive, to see if it sees the hard drive and no luck.

I need to retrieve a few files and need some advice on how to do it. Thanks in advance for replies.

PS:I know i should have backed up important files and I know I should not be dropping hard drives. To reply with these comments really will not help now.

A:tips on retrieving data from a dead hard drive

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My hard drive bit the dust. They guy that looked at said that you can still have stuff taken off of it but it's quite pricey. Any idea how pricey it is? I would like some stuff that is on there. Going to get a new computer instead of replacing hard drive. Any suggestions on an affordable computer for some photo editing and some smaller gaming. I had a gateway. With the hard drive crashing I know for sure I'm getting an extra external hard drive. I learned my lesson.

A:Price for retrieving data off dead hard drive

Probably going to be a couple hundred dollars for them just to look at it, then probably another $600 to a few thousand for recovery. Depending on how dead it is you may be able to recover it yourself. Sometimes you can buy the same drive on ebay, and swap the circuit boards....

I don't have a suggestion for an affordable computer right now, but plenty of people here can give advice if you feel comfortable building your own. Will need a budget though before suggestions can be made.

Also, externals can fail too, so if you are getting one to back up onto that is a good idea, but its not a good idea if you are getting it to hold the only copy of your important files.

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I lost my hard drive! I am looking for information on how to transfer data from a damaged hard drive to the new hard drive? Can I take the disk out of the damaged hard drive & place it into another hard drive or device to retrieve the infomation? If so do you know the steps or who to refer me to? I would appreciate any information you can give me. I know there is a way I just don't know how!!!! Help me please

Thank you

A:Need info on how to transfer data from damged hard drive to new one!

It really depends on how damaged the drive is. If the platters do not spin because of a motor failure there isn't much you can do yourself. You cannot take the platters out and put them in another drive since it is a pretty delicate operation and has to be done in a clean room to keep from contaminating the platters with dust, etc.

If the drive is marginal you might be able to place it in your PC as a slave and just transfer the data to the new drive.

If it is beyond your capability you can send it out to a data recovery company where they will recover the data from the defective drive for a fee. That fee however is usually more than the average PC user can afford.

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I have a computer that the hard drive is starting to make Indy 500 noises 3-4/day. Decided to purchase new HD and transfer date over to it before the other one hits the wall. Extensive amount of data is backed up on external HD using Acronis software from which I have never had to use the restore function. Presently running XP home ed. QUESTION! I have no more slots, data cables or power cables free. Can I temporarily unhook my zip drive cables and insert them into new drive just to complete this new install? If that is OK, do I Fdisk and format new drive from present drive to get NTSF before data transfer or do the drives come pre-formatted with NTSF? As to actual transfer of all data is it best to use Windows Explorer and copy all programs so I know hidden and R/O files are transferred or has anyone restored a full HD using Acronis so I know that when swapping new HD from slave to the slot where present drive resides and becomes the bootable drive, all will FLAWLESSLY work like intended and then re-hook up zip drive. Never had to replace HD with this many GB of data and # of programs before. Always threw the whole works in the dumpster because entire system needed to be upgraded. Any flowsheet of how to perform this task will be greatly appreciated. You guys have'nt let me down yet. Hoping for another smooth transition for a really common procedure I would guess. Thanks so much! Paul

A:Solved: Install new Hard drive and transfer data

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Ok, a few weeks ago, I got enraged with my laptop ( Fuj-Siem Amilo Pro) and thumped it with my hand (right near the lower center - presumably where the hard drive is?) and well, it froze up -after reboot and I got some BSOD(blue screen of death) message.. Anyways, I ran the recovery console, recovered about 70% of my files with chkdsk /r (after 21 hours!) and though it did not complete, it still rebooted and I was able to boot windows and use my computer.. so, after two days of successful startups, I was trying to repair and re-install the files that were not recovered, (like MS office stuff, Itunes, etc) when it froze - and I waited for 25 minutes before I had no choice but to turn off at the mains.. I turned the power back on when I got a "disk read error press alt ctrl etc" and have sincxe tried everything you can do in recovery console to sort it; fixmbr, fixboot, chkdsk ( said it was fine) chkdsk /r/p - every command relative to the situation when running the recovery console before, the DOS recognized my windows installation ( C: 1Windows) now it just says C:> or something like that.

I went to buy an external hard rive USB ( Maxtor 120GB) and want to know how I can get the files on this USB drive. I need to get that DATA back - and the Recovery console is not going to repair again - (stays a 6% for 24 hours) and I just want to get this stuff off somehow onto the HDD.

A:Recover data from dead HD and dump on to external hard drive

try getting your hands on a 'live cd' like Ubuntu or something.

you have to boot your system from the disc, usually by pressing an 'f' key as soon as you press the power button (on my tosh its f12). then select boot from cd, instead of from the hard drive.

you will probably need to have your external drive attached before you start in order for the 'live OS' to recognise it.

then you should be able to view and perhaps even copy your files to the external hdd. you should even be able to format the original hard drive from here too, then you can re-install windows.

lastly try an anger management course. this really was a bit of a rookie error, wasn't it?

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Hi all,

I bought a refurbished Dell Optiplex with Windows 7 a few years ago, not a brilliant PC but it was cheap and did the job for me. I used my own TV as the monitor so it was connected via VGA.

One day when I turned it on it made a series of beeps which at the time I didn?t panic about. So I turned the power off and back on and this time it started up as normal.

Later in the day I had left for a short while but when I came back the TV?s sleep mode had kicked in and I couldn't get the computer display back on at all. So I turned it off at the power again and back on and this time it made the series of beeps again (6 in a row I believe) and it did this every time I tried powering off and on again.

I looked it up online and found that the number of beeps was a code and 6 beeps was something to do with the video card/display I think so the main suggestion was checking for dust which I did.

I also then replaced the VGA cable but got the same issue.

Knowing it wasn?t the TV/Monitor I thought I?ll try replacing it anyway to be sure, we have another TV exact same model in the house so tried it with both the VGA cables but same again.

A colleague in work recommended a product to me ?Asus GeForce 210 Nvidia Graphics Card (1GB DDR3, PCI Express 2.0, HDMI, DVI-I, DVI-D, DisplayPort, DirectX 11.0, OpenGL 4.2, Dust-Proof Fan)' this had a VGA and HDMI port on it so I tried both of these but still the same.

Somewhere along the line as well the computer no long... Read more

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I had this idea, see if anybody has an opinion about this. My wife has an old XP computer I want to buy her a new one but she doesn't like the vista and she wants to keep the old xp operating system. What I want to do is take the old hard drive and put it in the new computer as the master and take the new hard drive and put it in as the slave erasing the vista off it. Then using the master slave way can I transfer the xp operating system and all her files and data from the old hard drive to the new one.

A:Transfer data from Hard Drive to Hard Drive

You cannot simply put the hard drive with XP on it in the new system to have the new system running XP either from the old drive or by transferring to the new drive. It just does not work like that
You need to install XP a fresh on the new system AND you will need a new XP license to do so.

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Hi All,
I'm hoping that some of the gurus in this area can help me to resolve why my transfer rate to my external hard drive is so slow (ranges from 200 kbps to 15 kbps), but is almost always in the 15-20 kbps range vs. an advertised/expected transfer rate of

5 Gbps.  That's < 1% of expected transfer rate.  Any thoughts on possible root causes that I should investigate?

I have an HP Probook 430 G1 laptop with a Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256 GB SCSI internal hard drive and 4 GB RAM running Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 64-bit. I also have a Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1 TB external hard driveBoth the internal drive and the external drive are bitlocker encryptedI've connected the drives via USB 3.0 ports + cable. I've also connected the drives via USB 2.0 port on laptop and USB 3.0 cable.I've checked the My Passport for errors and found none.
Any insight would be much appreciated.

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My desktop computer (about 5 years old) is virtually dead. I took it to a local repair shop and they gave me the following diagnoses:
-computer no longer turns on since the power source is only providing 5 volts hence, I need a new power supply ($65);
-the motherboard needs to be replaced ($280);
-cpu seems okay but needs further diagnosis and finally:
-hard drive is unstable.

So, with all the costs to fix and replace parts, it is almost like re-building the whole computer, So, it is obvious that it migth be time to purchase a new tower/CPU. We have a fairly new monitor. So, we could probably find someting between $500 and $800Anyway, with the old computer in bad shape (not being able to turn it on), I am wondering how I will be able to recover my photos, Itunes program and all music and other misc. files and be able to transfer it onto the new computer. I have a large external hard drive, laptop computer as well as 2 older computer (Windows 98) in case those things might be helpful to resolve this issue.

Please let me know how this can be done and what I need to consider here.

A:Solved: Transfer data from dead pc to new pc

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My laptop motherboard died so it has no power. I got a new laptop, but the old harddrive does not fit in the new laptop. How can I transfer my data from the old laptop to the new laptop? Is there a cable or something I can plug into the old harddrive to connect it to the new laptop? I'm desparate!

A:Dead Laptop motherboard - How to transfer data?

Oh yes! There is a cable indeed!

This cable:
was used successfully to fix a problem from this:

It's probably your only way at this point.

Good luck!

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Hi gang.
Thanks for all your useful help in the past.

Here is my latest problem:

My daughter,s old acer aspire one, (The little 10 inch screen model), is dead and I have bought a newer one on ebay.
The old machine ran XP and the new one has windows 7 installed.

I want to transfer all her files,(Nope, she never backed anything up to an external hard drive), onto the newer machine.

I was thinking that I could maybe, pop the hard drive from the old machine into the new one. Copy all her files onto an external Hd. Put the newer HD back into the newer machine, then copy the files onto it from the external HD.
STOP ME RIGHT NOW IF I AM WRONG PLEASE!!! (I wont attempt anything until I,ve read at least one reply).

It seems like a logical solution to me,(Not being a techy), but I dont want to risk wrecking the newer machine.

Any advice on recovering files from the old HD much appreciated.

A:Solved: Transfer data from a dead XP machine to a newer Windows 7 one

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Hi everyone!
There's really no short way to explain my issue and though I tried, please bear with me!

My old laptop that I've had for about 6 years now finally bit the dust (nothing lasts forever, right?) It was an eMachines E527 series with a 64-bit OS Windows 7 (I believe with Vista) and x64-based processor. I depended very much so on this laptop while in college and it indeed was good to me, a reliable piece of equipment up until about a year ago when the battery needed replacing (saw that one coming) though being a broke college student I just never quite got around to buying one. Needless to say the battery was rendered shot and could not hold a charge by itself so as a result the only way I could use my laptop was if it was on its charger, remaining plugged in 24/7 otherwise the battery would drain within minutes and the laptop would die (I know this ultimately bad for it, though I didn't have a choice so I used my laptop like this for about a year and a half.) When the power cord needed replacing about 4 months ago, I gave in and managed a Rocketfish Universal AC Laptop Adapter with 8 different tips included. I found the tip for my laptop and was able to use the adapter for my laptop happily for about 2 months when suddenly it too stopped charging my laptop (I started having to literally hold the cord a certain way in order for it to work) and then it got to the point where the tip had to be pushed in VERY hard and firmly and literally HELD in that position in order f... Read more

A:Data transfer from Windows 7 hard drive to Windows 8.1 Hard drive

You will need to remove the hard drive from the old laptop.

Purchase a hard drive enclosure or adapter, I recommend this one Sabrent USB-DSC7 Hard Drive Adapter - 2.5/ 3.5/ 5.25 SATA to USB 3.0 at TigerDirect.com.

There are a lot of less expensive (cheaper) products, but many don't work when you take it out of the box.

Be sure to get one that works with 2.5 inch drives.

Connect the old drive to the adopter/enclosure, connect the power supply and plug the USB connector into the new computer. Then you can copy your files from the old drive.

You cannot copy your installed programs, they must be installed again from discs or downloads.

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Wonder if anyone can help me.
Is there any way of putting a bigger hard drive than 2tb in an Imac and Windows recognising it in bootcamp as the bigger drive??

I tried it a couple of years ago with a 3tb and it wouldn't work so I ended up putting a 2tb in and now thats nearly full.
I wondered if there is any new way of doing this and I dont really want to use an external hard drive because I move the Imac around alot.

Any help would be much appriciated.

Many thanks

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I have an iMac OS 9.2 Often after using Internet Explorer I find items in the trash rescued from the Hard Drive. There are sometimes as many as five at a time. They are all folders with numbers beneath and when I open them they are empty. When I trash them a window appears saying ' 5 items containing zero. I don't understand this. Should I be worried?

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Ok, so first off, let me say I regret ever going to the stupid Geek Squad to fix my computer at all. I understand it instantly makes me an object of ridicule. However, I am a jerk and usually can't fix my computer myself.


A few months ago my computer was acting all sorts of wonky: taking forever to boot up, refusing to run simple programs, taking forever to connect to the internet, wouldn't run even a simple YouTube video, etc. etc. As I desperately needed the computer for school (I had an online class about to start), I caved and took it to Geek Squad. They told me the hard drive was dead and needed to be replaced. They also told me it would cost about $200 for data recovery. I didn't have any $ (this was all done under warranty) so I told them to just go ahead and fix it.

Fast forward a week or two...

I'm at Best Buy picking it up:

Geek Squad: Sign here. Oh, and here's your discs.
Me: Discs? What discs?
Geek Squad: The discs you dropped off when you dropped off the computer.
Me: I didn't drop off any discs!
Geek Squad: Well, they were with your computer when we got it.

Come to find out, my two darling sons (ages two and four) shoved a couple discs into the DVD drive, at the same time and without my knowledge. Hence, my computer did NOT need a new hard drive (I'm assuming) because my kids just clogged it up by trying to force two discs to run at the same time. Rather than check this before they ran their diagnostic tests, Geek Sq... Read more

A:Recover data from "dead" hard drive?

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Hello. I have a friend whose iMac's display has gone, so she wants to transfer data from her hard disk to her new iMac. I have removed the hard drive and will put it in enclosure to serve as external hard drive for her. My question is this: Will I be able to put this hard drive into an enclosure with these "prongs" that stick out? (They are actually some sort of screw or something.) I am attaching photos of it.

A:iMac hard drive enclosure

jethsy said:

My question is this: Will I be able to put this hard drive into an enclosure with these "prongs" that stick out? (They are actually some sort of screw or something.) I am attaching photos of it.Click to expand...

Usually, they are 4 screws that serve only to hold the HDD in place. They are not part of the circuitry and do not play a role as such in its operation. but they would normally require a torx screwdriver. in some cases the two at the front are a different sort to the pair at the back but this makes no difference, other then requiring two torx heads to unscrew them.

but for a temporary connection and depending on the type of enclosure used, its possible to connect the HDD to the socket of the caddy without putting the hdd into the housing. this would allow for the temporary use of transferring data. the hdd can then be returned to the machine as before.

some folk have tried a pair of piers with cloth between the teeth to unscrew them. if this is not possible try the connection without the caddy cover.

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My old Bondi iMac, tray loading, 233MHz is dead. Before I got a replacement power supply board, if I waited a day or 2 and fired it up, I got the encouraging startup music chord and then it quickly died - no light on the startup button, nothing on the screen, no sounds at all...like it's not even plugged in. It won't respond to anything unless I wait several days and then it'll do it's brief chord again - just once.
I installed the replacement power supply board...no effect, same behaviour as before, one chord chime and then nothing.
Grateful for any suggestions

A:dead Bondi iMac

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So I recently upgraded my late 2015 imac's processor from an i5 to an i7, and when i put it all back together, the screen would not turn on. Well technically it turns on but the backlight does not work. (I can see everything if i shine a strong light on the screen) I've reopened it a few times to try and see what the problem is, but I cannot find anything. The connections are good, the cables are good, nothing appears to be broken or out of the ordinary. Does anyone have a clue on what is messed up and what I would need to fix/replace? I don't want to go to the apple guys....

I believe there are 4 possibilities for the issue:
The power supply, the 2 display connections on the logic board, a fuse somewhere, or the GPU.

iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)
4 GHz Intel Core i7 6700k
16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
AMD Radeon R9 M390 2048 MB
Crucial mx300 750gb 2.5'' SSD

A:iMac 5k backlight dead issue

So i just looked at the diagnostic leds on the logic board and when i turn it on, the first 3 light up and the 4th doesnt. i read that indicates communication between the board and the display. so i think the backlight board is the issue. any thoughts on this?

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Hp 14-am118tx comes with the 1 tb hard disk offers a data transfer speed of ________ at 5400rpm. this ensures that all your movies games files are safely stored in 1 place . Choose correct answer.Options:1)300mbps2)150mbps3)100mbps4)200mbpsRight ans ???? Pls answer me

A:Data transfer speed of 1 tb hard disk

Hi, From 100mb/s to 300mb/s. Your post looks like a spam. Regards.

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I have a client give me two dead hard drives that quit spinning up. He seems to think that the data is still intact, but either the controllers or the motors failed. One is a Seagate Barracuda 500 GB EIDE and the other is a Samsung 500 GB SATA drive. I was told that there was a power failure the occurred right before the drives failed. I attempted to bring the drives up here and verified that the EIDE drive loads down the power supply and the SATA drive is just dead.

My question is, where can I send these drives in order to have them repaired so I can move the data to other drives. My client owns a photography studio and these drives contain portraits for several of the local high schools, so he freaking out big time...please help!


A:Critical: Data recovery from dead hard drives

Seagate offers data recovery services, and that is who I would use for the Seagate drive. Samsung may
offer similar service, just check their website. If Samsung doesn't offer the service just do a Google search for Data Recovery Services.

Generally speaking, the drive manufacturer is most likely the facility that can best perform a full recovery.

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