It’s a panic scenario for many computer users: just before an important project deadline, the computer dies. Maybe it’s a laptop or a desktop fell inert , but in any case it doesn’t work anymore. Without being able to turn on your computer, you cannot access your files. However, unless your hard drive has been physically damaged, the data must be intact on it. Removing that hard drive and connecting it to a working computer is quite a simple task. Things You’ll Need
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Turn off your work computer and unplug the wall.
Turn off the dead computer.
Open the dead computer case. You may need a screwdriver to do this.
Browse the hard drive. It is a metal box and should be labeled. Remove the dead hard drive connection cables to the computer.
Loosen the screws that secure the hard drive and remove it from the dead computer.
If the hard drive is from a laptop, it may have an adapter on it to change its standard laptop size connector. This should just pull out, revealing a standard IDE or SATA connector underneath.
Buy a disk drive enclosure that matches the size of the hard drive you’ve taken from the dead computer. These boxes are boxes that have a power supply and connection for the hard disk drive, as well as a USB output to connect to your computer. They are available at any computer store.
Screw the drive into the new cabinet. If it is an IDE drive, there will be a circuit breaker on it that must be changed from “Master” and “Slave”. This will ensure that your computer does not attempt to use the rescued disk as a boot drive.
Connect the unit closed for your computer to work with a USB cable.
Connect and power on the hard drive and your computer. The hard drive will be mounted like a normal drive, taking a drive letter available on Windows systems. You should be able to access all files normally. If not, the hard drive has probably suffered physical damage.
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