Tech Support Forum banner
Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
265 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I have a bad GPU in a HP laptop running Win 7 64 bit and my son has a good Dell laptop running Win 7 32 bit. I want to install my HD into his laptop so I can copy all my files using a laplink cable to my desktop. Will this work?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
8,370 Posts
I would not do that - as the drivers etc wil not be the same and its unlikely to work
you could get a USB to SATA/IDE cable and just hook up the drive to the USB on the DELL so that you can copy the files
Something like this USB TO SATA IDE CABLE / ADAPTER: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

OR is the graphics completely broken, have you tried safe mode
as the PC starts keep tapping F8 - menu appears and choose safemode
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
265 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Thanks for the reply...Yes, I did a search and there is a class action suit against HP about the lack of a good heatsink and it loses the solder connection on the MB for the GPU.
BTW, I have one of those adapters, but it says the device is not ready when I try to access it. It wants me to format it in order to use it...I would lose everything....what to do???
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
8,370 Posts
BTW, I have one of those adapters, but it says the device is not ready when I try to access it. It wants me to format it in order to use it...I would lose everything....what to do???
It should see the drive - maybe something is wrong with the drive

To avoid windows issues , on the OLD PC you could try using UBUNTU Virtual CD - run that from the CD and then see if it sees the drive on the PC and your Drive from the faulty PC on the USB Cable - and then using UBUNTU copy the files off

DO NOT install UBUNTU - Just RUN from the CD

------------------------------------------------------------------------

UBUNTU Virtual CD
It may be possible to boot from another Operating System
This will at least test the Hardware and also see if you can see the Harddrive and possibly get data off.

If you have another PC with a cdwriter and spare CD
goto Ubuntu homepage | Ubuntu and download the ISO Download | Ubuntu

YOu can also run from a USB device now - if the Machine supports booting off a USB Stick
Download | Ubuntu

full details are here (Note this is for version 9 - so the start up options are slightly different )
Use Ubuntu Live CD to Backup Files from Your Dead Windows Computer - How-To Geek

click on the image "download ubuntu"
Select a location
then begin download
Save the file onto your PC – remember where you saved it – so you can find it again to create the image bootable CD.

You do NOT copy the ISO file onto a CD - you have to use the ISO to create a bootable CD
The CD creator software you have on the PC may have an option to create an image from an ISO
If not - use this free program The Official ImgBurn Website

When the UBUNTU CD boots - you will A screen - with Language on the left panel and two option images


== > Try ubuntu
== > Install ubuntu

You can try Ubuntu without making any changes to your computer, directly from this CD

Use OPTION 1 "Try ubunto without any change to your computer" ONLY this option this will run from the CD and not install onto your harddrive - be careful, if you do install onto the PC - you will wipe the data and software OFF your hard drive.., so repeat only use option 1

Now you should see a UBUNTU desktop
This at least proves the main parts of the PC are working

You may see your Harddrive on the desktop - if not have in look in the places on the tool bar at the top of the screen.

If you can see your harddrive – see if you can find the your datafiles –
XP look in “documents and settings” under the user name you had on the PC
Vista/Windows 7 look in “user” under the user name you had on the PC

Now if you have a USB flash drive or external harddrive – you should be able to copy your data from the harddrive onto the USB device

------------------------------------------------------------------------
 

·
Team Manager - Hardware, Acting Manager, Security
Joined
·
14,878 Posts
You can just plug the drive much more easily into a desktop with sata ports. Just plug into a higher number sata port and plug a power plug into the power connection and copy right off. Those usb converters only work about 1/2 the time and I have seen whole drives lost just for trying them.
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top