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 Transferring file from old doomed computer to new
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Posted on 07-27-18 7:38 PM     Reply [Subscribe]
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Hey guys,

My old laptop literally blew off last week and the screen is blown off. Can't see anything. I assume everything else is fine with that laptop. The screen is all white. It was an old laptop ( 5 years old) and I decided to buy a new one which I did. Now, how can i access some important files that are saved in my old laptop and transfer it to the new laptop.
One method which I know is buying a new monitor and hooking up to to access those files. But I really don't wanna buy another monitor just to access those files. Is there any other cheap method to transfer those files?

Thanks much.
 
Posted on 07-28-18 1:42 AM     [Snapshot: 19]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Been there and done that. Not that hard if you are a DIY person.

It's easy if you still have an old external hard disk drive (HDD) laying around. And it's exponentially easy if you own a desktop.

5 years old laptops most likely will have solid state drive (SSD) or 2.5 inch typical compact hard disk drive (HDD) connected via SATA and SATA power ribbon cable. Some if not many laptops since about 2-3 years ago may have SSD connected via M2 port instead of SATA port.

Desktop solution : --- Assuming your laptop has either SSD or HDD, you can just use an appropriate size screw driver to unscrew screws and open up the laptop. Pull out laptop's HDD or SSD and install the salvaged laptop SSD or HDD into your desktop very similar to adding an add-on disk drive into your desktop. SATA data ports and SATA power ports on laptops and desktops are exactly the same and are compatible with each other no matter if they are SSDs or HDDs.

Your desktop will recognize the installed laptop salvaged SSD or HDD as just another add-on internal drive and it will automatically assign a disk drive letter such as D: or E: or F: or whatever, and let you use it as normal add-on disk drive.



SATA to USB cable solution : --- Buy a SATA to USB cable from a local electronics store or from online stores like Amazon or eBay or some other online store. Plug the salvaged laptop HDD or SDD to a desktop or a laptop with SATA to USB cable. A desktop or a laptop will recognize the salvaged SSD or HDD as just another add-on drive and it will automatically assign a disk drive letter, and it will let you use it as normal add-on disk drive.




External hard disk drive solution : --- If you still have an old external hard disk drive laying around, you can just open the box with a screwdriver or some models don't even use screws and is easy pop it open with any sturdy thin metal strip.

Take out the existing hard disk drive from SATA data port & SATA power port and slide in the salvaged laptop SSD or HDD into those ports. Power on the external hard disk drive and connect to any desktop or to any laptop with a USB cable. A desktop or a laptop will recognize the salvaged SSD or HDD as just another add-on drive and it will automatically assign a disk drive letter, and it will let you use it as normal add-on disk drive.


 
Posted on 07-28-18 2:30 AM     [Snapshot: 86]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Go to public library or any where were you could get a free monitor/computer, get hoked your laptop to that monitor; not sure if you need HDMI or VGA cable. Better to carry both. Then everything is free of costs and easy pizzy...
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Posted on 07-28-18 7:16 AM     [Snapshot: 132]     Reply [Subscribe]
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Posted on 07-28-18 10:37 PM     [Snapshot: 311]     Reply [Subscribe]
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I have a similar situation. I have a very old laptop (Asus) where I had stored an important file. I changed (inadvertently) the system to Ubuntu without saving the files. When I realized my files might have gone, I took the laptop to a technician who said I can not retrieve the old files once I switched the operating system.
Is there any way I could get the data back?
Appreciate any feedback.
Thank you.
 
Posted on 07-29-18 1:53 AM     [Snapshot: 364]     Reply [Subscribe]
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If you installed Ubuntu by first creating a new partition and installing Ubuntu in that particular partition of your disk then your files should still be there. You just need to mount that hard disk (or solid state drive) as an add-on drive to your any other computer via SATA or USB. You'll be able to access all your files.

If you installed Ubuntu by first formatting the entire disk including all existing partitions of that disk then you are basically out of luck.
 
Posted on 07-29-18 7:50 PM     [Snapshot: 559]     Reply [Subscribe]
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