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Old 05-20-2008, 10:11 PM   #11
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Good choice. Set it up as a secondary drive in your new computer, then either transfer the valuable information to the new computer's drive or a flash drive. Then reformat the old drive and use it as storage.
Could you tell me how to make it a secondary drive? And if my password protection will matter.
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Old 05-21-2008, 04:52 AM   #12
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THink everyone is getting a bit confused , Dell Inspiron 5160 is a laptop so you cant just put it in a desktop
i would advise just getting an external enclosure for this drive then it would plug into a USB port and you could access all of your files then format it and have an external hard drive afterwards
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:34 AM   #13
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you've made my day, someone who read the post and understood that this was a laptop! -my hero.


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you'll need something like this
http://www.mittoni.com.au/25-to-35-i...er-p-1296.html

which will let you add the drive as a drive in a regular PC.

or something like this
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...b3a7a3fff7c167

that will let you put the disk from the broken laptop into an external enclosure and have it as an external USB drive.

the one I linked is one like I have that supports both IDE and SATA laptop disks, but you might want to buy one that's just specific to the drive type that you have.


as for password protection.
the password that you log in as usually just locks windows, and does not affect files.
however, if you had the option "make my files private" turned on then the files will not be accessible easily from another PC.

your other option of course is that you could see if a friend has the same laptop and see if you can have them charge the battery for you so that you can move the files.

also if it's just the power plug that's broken you may be able to take the machine apart and fix this yourself. -or a friend with good soldering skills might be able to fix this.

almost off topic, I don't know where you live. but when my phone broke (the power connector came loose on the inside), I took it to a shop in london where they did a remarkably good job of fixing it as they have the tools (good microsoldering station for suface mount components), expertise, experiance and skill.

it also wasn't too expensive and the staff are quite friendly and reliable.

they specialise in phone repair, but if you are in the UK you could give them a call and see if they'd be able to have a look for you, (they are based in Wimbledon, London, UK and their website address is http://www.turnonyourmobile.com/) they do offer a postal service, but if you fancy a day out the shop is reasonably easy to get to as well being just a short walk from the train station at wimbledon (which is accessible from both national services from the south and the underground).

I don't know what the price you've been quoted is, but the price to fix my phone was something like £40 - £50
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since it's password protected, you'll also have to set up permissions and such for the drive as well, "take ownership" of it in the advanced settings to have access to it IIRC...
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Old 05-21-2008, 08:53 PM   #15
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So I bought a Rocketfish 2.5" USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure Kit. It seemed to be all good, the thing cost $50, then I look and see that basically it has a female end that is like two rows of a bunch of square holes on a black piece to plug into, while my C drive is more like one bar of little plug things, so there's no way it would fit. What do I do?

I looked it up a little and there is something called SATA...but it appears to be much smaller. Mine is a single bar, but is as long as the plug for two bars.
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:31 PM   #16
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Ah, I just skimmed the posts and figured it was a desktop by the way everyone else was talking.

Alright, which of these pictures does the laptop drive vs the enclosure look like:

(the number of pins may be different for a laptop, but it's the same look)
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:35 PM   #17
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The one that I bought in error today looked like the ones on the left. My hard drive is that size, but is the shape of the ones on the left. That is it is long, but has one pin, not two rows of small ones.

Not mine, but would fit the enclosure I bought:


This is what mine is like:
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Wow I was a complete failure in this thread. Apologies.
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:45 PM   #19
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Not a problem!

Anyone?

Okay so I went to the Geek Squad and there was actually a piece over the pins so I got it into the case no problem. Now it's taking foreverrrr for me to "get permission" to access my files. It seems to be stuck nearly at the end. I really wish I would have taken the password of the computer before it died!
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