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Old 06-19-2013, 07:20 AM
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In 2006 I got a very crappy laptop for college (distributed by the college) and as of late 2011 it finally bit the dust and won't turn on at all. I get all sorts of start up errors when I try to turn it on. However, I do have a few pics and videos on there. I am wondering if it would be possible to extract some of that data into my external hard drive without the computer having to actually be on?

Probably a commonly asked question, but I just wanted to know for sure.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:20 AM
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The hard drive itself can be extracted from the laptop. Look online for a service manual for your make/model - it should have instructions on hard drive removal.

Once the hard drive is removed (and if it is still functional), you can use another computer and a USB Hard Drive dock that is compatible with the laptop hard drive to attempt to access your files. Newegg.com - usb hard drive dock

Or you could take the laptop to a local computer repair shop and ask them to retrieve the files for you.
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Old 06-19-2013, 01:19 PM
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Before removing any hardware, you might want to consider using an Ultimate Windows Boot CD and see if it's possible to retrieve info off of the drive.

Go to this site: UBCD for Windows, follow the instructions on downloading and burning the image to a CD, and then try to boot the laptop to this CD. If the drive is not damaged, you might be able to retrieve your files using this CD. It's worth a shot and there is no cost.
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