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Old 05-12-2012, 06:50 PM   #1
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I had a Compac Laptop that the MB went dead. I removed the HD "Seagate Momentus 5400.6" and threw the laptop away. I tried to read the HD and it is locked. I need to extract all my files and reformat the drive for future use.
Any ideas or instructions how to?
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Old 05-13-2012, 02:02 PM   #2
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You can place the hdd in a working rig and boot it to an Ubuntu Live Cd and extract them that way. If you need more help let me know.
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Thank you for your attempt to help, but to be honest, it's all chinese to me :-) :-(
1. I have only a desktop
2. When I hooked it it marked it as "locked by system"
3. what is "Ubuntu Live Cd?"
I am not a novice but not an advanced computer user, either.
If you give me the steps of how to I would be most grateful.
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Download ubuntu onto a disc and run it, it'll ask if you want to install or it'll let you try it.
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Ubuntu is an operating system, more commonly known as Linux. The Live CD is what I assume to be a bootable CD that can allow you to preview the OS (which can be useful, apparently) and install the OS.

Joe's saying that you can fit the HDD into a working computer (or an enclosure, via USB, which would be easier) and use the mentioned CD (freely downloadable, I think) to extract what you need; for this, you will have to burn what will likely be an ISO onto a CD/DVD.
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Old 05-18-2012, 03:29 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. Problem solved.
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