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23 November 2005 @ 05:13 pm
How do I slave a laptop drive?  
I am the not-so-proud owner of a dead laptop. It's not giving me any love at all *sniff*

So, of course it has all my important junk on there, most notably my email programs/archives/address book. Other stuff such as pictures & documents as well, but I've discovered that I haven't memorized everyone's email address. Good thing my mom's phone number is saved in my phone...

I was aware enough to have my entire drive mirrored to another a couple of months ago, so I have a reasonable recent complete backup. So the first thing I need to figure out how to do is get the data from the backup drive onto a computer I can use - slave the drive? I'm also hoping (!) that I can also pull the most recent data off the regular drive too - which has pictures and everything regarding and after the Vermont weekend and after that on it *sigh*

Is there an easy way to do this slaving thing? I already pulled the drive out of the dead machine and tried swapping it into another machine, but that didn't work - it wouldn't boot. I'm thinking that has to do with the fact that they are different kinds of machines (IBM & Dell)? Or maybe that they have different versions of the OS on them? Tho if the OS is on the drive, why would that matter? I'm also thinking that I need some special cable to slave it with?

Then there's the whole thing about figuring out what is wrong with the ThinkPad. It took a bit of a bump when I was knocked down by the guy with skis at the airport. I have no idea how to begin to diagnose it.

So, I've tried to figure this stuff out for myself, but have only gotten this far and am basically in way over my head. I *should* be smart enough to fix the darned thing, or at least get my data or something. It's all very frustrating. I'd be better at stitching myself up - at least I've got a clue and done that before.

Then there's the whole finding a new laptop I can afford if that one has truly given up the ghost - got any suggestions?

-the redhead-
...resisting the urge to just throw the darned thing out the window...
 
 
 
Pete 'Happy' Thomashappypete on November 24th, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
many tricks...
basically there are external "sleds" for laptop form-factor drives...do you have a Micro Center-class computer store near you?
-the redhead-theredhead on November 24th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
Re: many tricks...
Noo - we have a Comp USA. Would this sled thing allow me to transfer the info from the laptop drive to a desktop or another laptop?

I kind of have a desktop. Actually, what I have is pieces of a desktop that probably doesn't have a recent version of Windows on it. I think all the necessary parts are there - I will have to drag that junk out and look. I would have to figure it out enough to put it together and such.

I think I need a Computer Construction and Repair for Dummies book.

-the redhead-
Pete 'Happy' Thomashappypete on November 24th, 2005 02:18 am (UTC)
Re: many tricks...
Yes...another word for it is "external enclosure." Typically it's little more than a power supply, a firewire or USB to IDE controller interface, and a tray to screw the drive in to.
-the redhead-theredhead on November 24th, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)
Re: many tricks...
IDE?

-the redhead-
Pete 'Happy' Thomashappypete on November 24th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
Re: many tricks...
IDE == Integrated Drive Electronics it's an implementation of ATA, IIRC...
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-the redhead-theredhead on November 24th, 2005 02:24 am (UTC)
Sweet! So, will it work even though my drives are regular boot drives? For example, say I get than and hang it off a desktop or other laptop - I just plug it in and will be able to get my files? That's provided the hard drive is still functional...

Will I still be able to see the files if I'm using a more updated version of Windoze?

Oh, and is there some simple instructions somewhere that would help me put a desktop together? I got parts, but am a little fuzzy on getting them together...

-the redhead-
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-the redhead-theredhead on November 24th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)
Nope, the OS is Win2K.

I'm not even sure what search terms to use on Google. I've tried several combos and have come up with a lot of hightly technical stuff for installing special hardware. So I've gotten too many, too specific answers. I just want like a simple how too for us only-vaguely-geeky folk.

-the redhead-
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-the redhead-: thigh highstheredhead on November 24th, 2005 02:19 am (UTC)
Yanno, I could put on my size 4 black leather pants and matching jacket. Maybe I need to go find my dressage whip...

-la belle rousse-
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-the redhead-theredhead on November 24th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)
Oooo - do you think my jump crop would work better? My dressage stick is 46" long and whippy, but the jumping bat has that cute leather tab.

-the redhead-
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Brown Eyed Girlbrowneyedgirl65 on November 24th, 2005 07:26 pm (UTC)
Wow, I see fifteen comments now, when I first spotted it (but had to run off to class), none. Quick thoughts: try calling around (Best Buy, other computer type stores) and see if they will download your disk drive onto CD's. That's probably the quickest way to get at it.

As for another laptop, my suggestion is to lurk on ebay and see what you can find.

As for not booting on the mirror, it depends on what you did, but copying the c: drive over doesn'tnecessarily make the other disk a bootable one. It's not necessarily an issue with master/slave (though if this is a typical desktop one, there's usually pins on the back, and youll need to consult the user manual (or look up the disk make/model online to find out what the pin arrangement is). But it could be any number of things, including the fact that there's probably completely different hardware and setup and stuff between the two different computers. I'd have to poke about myself probably...

But those are the two fastest ways I'd go about resolving the problems. Sorry to hear about your laptop :( Went thru some trouble myself, but it came out well in the end, fortunately.
Brown Eyed Girlbrowneyedgirl65 on November 24th, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
External enclosure will also work, my thought with the Comp USA or whatever is that they may do that for you, at less cost than getting the enclosure. OTOH, sometimes those are handy to have, so...