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Transfer files from non-booting Windows 8 pc to a Windows VISTA pc

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I have a Sony VAIO laptop running Windows 8.  This pc will no longer boot up.
I have many saved video editing files that I would like to recover from it.
I do not want to use Windows8 recovery methods because they will not recover these files.

I also have a HP desktop pc running Windows VISTA.  Both pcs have USB2 ports.
Can I run a USB2 cable from my HP desktop to my Sony laptop and access the files
   on the non-booting hard drive on the Sony laptop?
If yes, what do I need to do to transfer the files from laptop to my desktop?

Thanks for any help you can give me.

   jimboy13
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by:Aeriden
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You have a couple of options (and more besides this).

My top pick is normally to put the non-boot HDD into a USB external exclosure (from places like Amazon, Buy.com, etc.).  Then connect it to a working machine and access the files (providing they aren't encrypted, etc.).

Plugging one computer into another via USB won't work with the other machine not booting.

Another option is to use bootable USB media (such as Windows PE) on the non-working drive/computer and either copy the files to that USB media or copy to another external USB drive to transfer.  Or have a bootable USB media that has networking.  There are many options available, although to me this is a lot more complicated and only useful if you wish to have such a solution available for other purposes.
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by:Jackie Man
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Have you tried to create a Recovery Drive to a USB thumb dreive for your VAIO Windows 8 notebook?

You can create a recovery drive from the recovery partition and boot from the recovery drive to refresh (repair) your VAIO Windows 8 notebook?

Details are in the link below.

http://www.wiztechie.com/2012/08/how-to-create-a-recovery-drive-in-windows-8/
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by:nobus
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i never sugggest an usb solution for file recovery, it is slow, and adds more overhead  and possible problems to the task
if you can - take out the disk from the laptop, and connect it with the Sata cable to a free slot of your Vista PC to copy files

if that does not work, post your problems for more info
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by:McKnife
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> This pc will no longer boot up.
Why not try to solve this problem? What happens if you try to boot?
Did you try the windows setup DVD for startup repair? Often works.
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by:jimboy13
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I do not want to void my warranty by removing my drive from my laptop.
Another site said to go to Command Prompt and input the following commands:
    /fixboot
    /fixmbr      
to fix bootup problems

But when I go to Command Prompt and begin typing,  ... and ??? show up for my keystrokes.
How can I get my pc to recognize my keystrokes?
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by:nobus
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you will not void your warranty by removing the drive
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Please give feedback to all questions.
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I found my own solution to the problem.  I did a refresh which saved my document files.  I copied these file to an external hard drive.
 Then I restored a workable backup and copied the old document files into the restored system.
 
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solved problem on my own
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