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I have a sata drive from my old computer and I want to retain whats on it and plug it into my laptop.  Whats the best route for going about this.  There was nothing wrong with the harddrive, I just want the info from it to be on my laptop.
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get an external SATA box. Something like http://www.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=719591
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If your old computer is still working and you have both systems networked, you could transfer the data via the network.  You could also get an external USB case in which you can insert your old drive and attach it to the laptop for the data transfer.
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was the old drive out of a desktop or a laptop? I gave you a link for a laptop drive box. There are plenty out there to choose from for desktop HD boxes
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The old drive was from a desktop.  Now when I plug this up to my laptop, do I have to do anything special to the drive or will the drive just pop up.  Do I have format the drive and if I do will I lose my information?  

Thanks a ton in advance.  
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No need for an external case.   Just buy one of these gadgets (this has been one of the handiest gadgets I ever bought):  http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?InvtId=2020&cm_mmc=Froogle-_-Cables-_-Adapters/Splitters-_-2020

... Just plug it into your drive ... and plug the USB connector into your laptop.  DONE :-)
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... that gadget works with SATA drives, 3.5" desktop drives, 2.5" laptop drives, optical drives, etc.  VERY handy :-)
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Listen to garycase - I have one too - it's perfect!
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