Advice needed for extracting files/software from broken laptop to another
Thread poster: Pablo Mayen

Pablo Mayen  Identity Verified
Mexico
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May 13, 2008

Dear Proz community:

Here's the situation: I have a laptop with basically my LIFE in it (work, photos, music, and so on) and I need to retrieve all that information (the software as well, if possible) because the display thereof went kaput (as confirmed by a computer technician).

Is there an easy way to recover all that information other than going with the same technician and have him extract my hard disk and back it up?

I have another laptop where I can save all this data.

Or perhaps (pardon my ignorance) is there any type of software that, once installed in my other laptop, could extract/import the programs and files from the broken one? Or will a plain USB PC-to-PC do the trick?

I'm on the verge of a nervous breakdown...please help!!

best regards,

Pablo


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Heinrich Pesch  Identity Verified
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Why not use a technician? May 13, 2008

If you can connect it to a second screen and the machine starts you can of course backup your files to a dvd or to a memory card, whatever works.
But if the thing won't start a specialist will open it, take the harddisk out and transfer the disk to a second machine where the stuff is backupped. Better not try yourself.
Regards
Heinrich


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Fully second Heinrich May 13, 2008

If that info is so valuable for you, no sense to risk it trying to do minor savings money-wise.
Besides, recovering info from Windows disk, say, with FAT gone, is really expensive (been there, done that), so better not to risk it.

However, be prepared you will have to install most of the software anew- even with advanced file transfer programs (say, Acronis Migrate Easy) some software will not work when
transfered to another system, having different processor, motherboard and system parameters.

Uldis

Heinrich Pesch wrote:
But if the thing won't start a specialist will open it, take the harddisk out and transfer the disk to a second machine where the stuff is backupped. Better not try yourself.


[Rediģēts plkst. 2008-05-13 19:18]


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Pablo Mayen  Identity Verified
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Thank you all... May 13, 2008

Thank you Heinrich & Uldis,

I guess that is the bottom line then...


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FX Fraipont  Identity Verified
Belgium
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if it's only a screen problem ... May 13, 2008

.. just connect another screen to it using the vga port that all laptops have. Then use your laptop's dvd writer to back up all your files. No need to go to a technician for that ...
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080501104031AAQwXxl

hope this helps
FX


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Michele Johnson  Identity Verified
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External enclosure for laptop hard drive May 14, 2008

When my laptop died recently, my tech guys removed the hard drive and installed it in an external case that connects to my computer via USB. Basically you turn the internal HDD into an external one. I don't think it's very hard to do but I would let the technician do it. There are a couple of different types and they should know which kind you need and even have it in stock. These enclosures are typically very cheap - cost me $15 including installation. It's quite small, maybe the size of a slice of bread. One thing I would recommend is one that gets its power from the USB. A friend has an older model that needs an external power supply and it's a pain.

A major advantage is that in the future, you can use that external USB drive as a backup, to transfer files, etc. External USB drives that you buy at the store are running about $1 per GB, so typically in the $100-$200 range. You will have one for next to nothing.

Heinrich Pesch wrote:
If you can connect it to a second screen and the machine starts you can of course backup your files to a dvd or to a memory card, whatever works.
Heinrich


I don't know how big your hard drive is, but burning individual DVDs or transferring to memory sticks could take forever. My hard disk was on the small side at 80GB, but even then I would have to burn over 17 single-layer DVDs to get it all off there (about 4.7 GB per DVD).

If it's Windows I was told that a recovery installation on the new laptop might work and that then my software would probably still run. I have no idea how this works actually but it might be worth looking into.


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Pablo Mayen  Identity Verified
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Thank you Michele! May 14, 2008

That actually sounds very doable...I'll look into it...

Thanks!


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