Transferring data from an Internal Hard Drive

  deldah35 23:09 11 Oct 2007

My standalone PC's power module has just died part way through a transfer process of data from my internal hard drives in the PC to a laptop.

What I would appreciate some help on is whether there is a way that I can transfer data from the internal hard drive directly to the laptop (if possible) or via an external hard drive.

I want to have to avoid sorting out a new power module at £30 odd if I can help it as that's an obvious way.

Is there a alternative?



  woodchip 23:18 11 Oct 2007

You going to have to pay one way or the other, you may be able to get a Cable that will connect the Hard Drive to USB. Other than that is you will have to buy a USB Hard Drive Caddy
click here

  woodchip 23:19 11 Oct 2007

You need to check your Hard Drive Compatibility with the Caddy. i.e. is it a IDE or Sata drive?????

  deldah35 23:25 11 Oct 2007

Its definitely not SATA but EIDE (its about 2 years old from memory).

So the caddy basically envelops the hard drive and then allows access through a USB cable?

  skidzy 23:25 11 Oct 2007

Hi Woody,hope your well

as woodchip says,or an adaptor click here
though a mains powered caddy is probably your best bet.
Let us know if IDE or Sata and we can find you a suitable caddy.

  woodchip 23:30 11 Oct 2007

The drive as to be set to Master when it goes into a caddy.

Hi skidzy
I was just about to switch off and go to bed.

I like the new Laptop. But may fit a bigger faster drive down the line

  deldah35 23:33 11 Oct 2007

IDE for sure; I won't need the HD from the point of finishing the transfer at all so the cheapest method is possibly the best unless that results in instability.

Thanks for the offer to find a caddy. On the adaptor, is it simply remove HDD, attach to adaptor , follow instructions etc. and then plug in and it should read it OK and be able to transfer etc.?

  deldah35 23:34 11 Oct 2007

Drive is already set to master -it's the main HDD in the dead PC.

  deldah35 23:43 11 Oct 2007

Thanks for the advice...

  woodchip 23:45 11 Oct 2007

You need the Caddy as the above cable is for Sata

  skidzy 06:45 12 Oct 2007

The link i supplied above regarding the adaptor will do both IDE and Sata,i have one of these and is very handy.

Just use the IDE connector,no need for the Sata extras to be used.

It will plug into the drive once removed,then connect the other end to a usb port in the laptop.

Though i would admit,using a caddy is more reliable.
click here

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