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Post by smellody » January 7th 2023, 4:25pm

Tech question for those of you who are far more knowledgeable than me.

My "school" laptop, now 16 years old, took a dirt nap a couple of weeks ago and will not boot. Has the static symptoms and I tried all the online help to get it to boot up. I've decommissioned it as I had just used it as an extra security monitor (it has explorer!) And for my checking account tracking that I built an excel spreadsheet for.

Anyhow, if I buy one of these and take out my hardrive and install it in one of these will be able to access my files, pictures, etc. ?

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Any input is appreciated!

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Post by gerdson » January 7th 2023, 11:48pm

If it is SATA already. Could be IDE. But fear not, there are adapters for that as well. In particular there are additional powersupply cables required.
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Post by codguy » January 8th 2023, 6:34am

I did the same with the HD from a dead laptop though I purchased a small lightweight (minimalist) enclosure to run it.
USB powered and perfect to travel with.

Already had a HD backup of that laptop so nothing was lost if that drive was toast.

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Christmas gift to self was a 16" MacBook Pro w/ M1 chip. It along with previously mentioned external drive will be new travel companions going forward.
Better travel option would be an external SSD but since I already had the HD, I went that route.
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