copying laptop hard drive to another laptop

dankyle67
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Hi,
I have an old dell laptop in which the motherboard went bad so wanted to take my hard drive
and copy the data to another media so i can save my pictures.  Was thinking of installing the old drive into another laptop i have which is also old but not a dell.  Its an hp.  Since i only want the data what would be best way to go about this?  thanks.
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Find a USB adapter allowing you to connect the drive externally.  It will show up as another drive on your computer.
sarasotamacIT Manager

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Not gonna work, because of the hardware drivers and such. You can by a usb cable converter and connect your old harddrive externally and copy the data you want to your internal HP laptop drive.
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I would slave the laptop hard drive using some type of external enclosure attached via USB.
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For what you want, the best way I have found (and that I also use) is to get a USB Hard Drive enclosure. Put your hard drive in the enclosure, plug it into the new machine and read the data from it. It should work and does for me. Hard drive enclosures are not expensive and can be used another time when needed. ... Thinkpads_User
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I'm sure what leuqarte is suggesting it what we use all the time, they are invaluable and inexpensive.  Here is such an item:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002

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great this will work perfectly for now and future uses.
sarasotamacIT Manager

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Great thing to have around!
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>>> Great thing to have around! <--- I have used my own on several occassions.

@dankyle67  - Get one that handles SATA and IDE in the same enclosure as that will also come in handy. .... Thinkpads_User

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