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How Can I Access My Hard Drive?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Hardware & Peripherals, Quick Tips
 
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A reader needs some help with getting files off a dead computer. “I have an internal hard drive in a computer with integrated video which went bad and a monitor will no longer work with that machine.  What’s a good way to transfer the data on that drive to a new computer?”

The best solution would have been that all of your important files were already backed up on a regular backup you make to an external drive or the cloud. Sorry, but I have to get that in. Prevention folks!

If that’s not the case, the simplest way would be to walk your dead machine down to a computer store and have someone there transfer it for you. The tech can remove your old hard drive, plug it in to an adapter cable and pull the data off.

If you feel comportable enough taking your dead PC apart, you can remove the old hard drive and attach it to an adapter cable or put it into a hard drive enclosure designed for turning old internal hard drives into external drives. Your new PC will then treat your old hard drive like any external hard drive and you can transfer files at will.

~ Cynthia

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5 Responses to “How Can I Access My Hard Drive?”

  1. Diane Spiers says:

    I have an old Apple Mac from about 1996 which no longer works and would like to transfer the data to my lap top with Windows 10. Is that possbile

  2. John says:

    Wonderful tip! Can you please follow this up and tell us what equipment we would need to do this ourselves? Thank you very much Cynthia!

  3. Andy Anderson says:

    You guys sell these adapters and they are not that expensive. I have one I bought from you and have had it for several years. Works just like it and you say it does.

  4. Denise says:

    You can put a new video card into the old computer if there is a slot available. Don’t throw that computer away! If you can open your computer and read instructions then you can do this. Google it. As for accessing your data, there are many stores which sell the necessary hardware, and numerous types of hardware that can do this. Once again, Google it. Although it is possible to put all of that information here, it is not going to be sufficient in order for you to make the best decision in your circumstances. Try Tiger Direct. They not only sell the equipment, they often have articles that will instruct you on how to select and use it. You can look up many articles on the internet, as well. You can also ask a friendly local computer geek.

  5. John says:

    Great tip. I just had a laptop die on me. I’ll use that tip and save my “stuff”. Thanx!!!

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