removing harddrive

  gav223 19:11 04 Apr 2011


I have an old acer laptop that has some important stuff on the hard drive, but the computer has a problem switching on.

I now have a macbook and wanted to know if I can take all the info from the acer and put it onto my mac.


  timsmith259 20:54 04 Apr 2011

the best way would to try using an external drive or a pen drive assuming your using the same operating system.

  timsmith259 20:55 04 Apr 2011

don't try to swap drives as some operating systems will try to format the drive hence all info will be deleted, unless you clone the drive using acronis

  timsmith259 20:57 04 Apr 2011

once youve got an external drive just copy and paste

  Strawballs 00:00 05 Apr 2011

Take out the hard drive and get an enclosure and turn it into an external USB drive.

click here you just need to find out if it is IDE or SATA

  gav223 10:25 05 Apr 2011

Thanks for the replies.

I'm slightly confused. I have a 500gb external hard drive, but cannot see how this will remove what I need as I can't power up the laptop.


  Algerian peter 10:50 05 Apr 2011

postings. He is assuming you can turn the laptop on when you clearly state you can not.

Follow Strawballs posting and you wont go rong.

  lotvic 10:59 05 Apr 2011

ignore the confusing posts from 'timsmith259' or whichever persona he is using this week....

Do as Strawballs says and take the harddrive out of the laptop, put it in an enclosure (or just get a cable like click here ) so that you can connect it to a USB port on the Mac as a new external drive. You can then just browse the drive and take off what data you want.

  gav223 11:07 05 Apr 2011

Thanks guy's.

I am looking for the cheapest option possible as I will be throwing the harddrive away once I've got what I want from it.

Would this be OK click here.


  lotvic 12:49 05 Apr 2011

Yes that should do it okay.

  lotvic 12:53 05 Apr 2011

I presume you have checked that it is a SATA drive in the laptop?

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