You probably didn't know that when your laptop dies, your files don't necessarily get lost and you can recover data from a dead laptop with some help from cables. The device may have been blocked due to a software problem and your files are not accessible, but they are on your hard drive, safe and sound. Here are a few ways to recover data from a dead Mac / Linux / Windows laptop.
Method 1: Convert your hard drive to an external drive – Windows / Linux
Remove the hard drive from the dead laptop  First take precautions. Disconnect your device, switch it off and finally remove it completely. After you have done this, you can turn the device over. Notice how compartments are screwed in? One is for your hard drive. Check the laptop model for a diagram that shows you which of those compartments is the hard drive of your laptop, and then unscrew that specific one. I recommend that you get an iFixit toolkit to facilitate removal.
Buy a disk case
If you don't know what that is, it's okay. It is an external device that you can use to transform your old hard drive into an external hard drive by placing it on the hard drive drive enclosure. The connection is established via a USB port. Make sure the hard drive model of your dead laptop and the drive case that you are going to buy are of the same type, for example SATA 2.5 / 3.5, SSD. If you want to avoid the hassle and guarantee universal use, I strongly recommend that you purchase a universal adapter or a docking station.
Connect another laptop
If you can; borrow another laptop with the same platform as your dead laptop and use it to transfer the files from your old, dead device to the new one. Make sure you have enough space before you copy your files. If you decide to perform a disk verification / disk checking service on the old disk, I recommend that you connect a brand new hard disk and quickly copy the files from the disk of the dead laptop to the new hard disk. Also remember that it is best if you use two laptops with the same platform, but in the absence of another option, know that Linux can read Windows files.
Check Mac Compatibility
If you have a Mac and try to read everything from a Windows drive, you can, but you cannot write. This is possible if you have not installed another driver such as NTFS3G or Paragon NTFS. You can mount the hard disk by using Disk Utility & # 39; s. Do not attempt any process other than "mount" because you can involuntarily erase your data.
Connect the hard drive to a universal adapter
By purchasing a hard drive adapter set, you can insert the hard drive that comes from your dead laptop or desktop directly to your new data transfer computer via USB.
Connect this to the working computer
Connect the hard disk to the working computer via a USB port. In some cases the computer opens the disk for you as soon as you connect it, but in others it does not. If you have connected your drive but it did not appear on the screen, open it through My Computer. In addition, try connecting the drive again if it is not displayed in My Computer. If that does not work, the problems may be more complicated and come from your hardware, not software. In this case you better call a professional, although this will probably bring you back a bit financially.
Method 2: Use the old hard drive within a PC ̵
1; Windows / Linux
We do not recommend using this method on computers running Windows 8
Download a disc enclosure  By getting a hard drive enclosure, you can place the hard drive of your dead laptop directly into your desktop configuration. Watch out for models, the adapter model must match the model of the laptop's hard drive.
Buy a compatible computer
If you can, borrow a desktop computer with the same platform as your dead laptop, and use it to transfer the files from your old, dead device to the new one. Make sure there is enough space or add an external drive for extra memory and then copy your files by connecting the two devices. It is best if you use two computers with the same platform, but in the absence of another option, know that Linux can read Windows files.
Remove the Dead Laptop HD
First take precautions. Disconnect your device, switch it off and finally remove it completely. After you have done this, you can turn the device over. Notice how compartments are screwed in? One is for your hard drive. Check your laptop model for a diagram that shows you which of those compartments is the hard drive of your laptop and then unscrew that specific drive.
Connect the hard drive
You must remove the connector plate from the drive case, then connect it to the hard drive. You will discover exactly where to connect the enclosure by checking the hard drive for connector pins on the side or the other. Remove the adapter on top of the interface while using an IDE drive so that you can connect the connector plate of the enclosure correctly. You can also consult the manual that is probably included with the drive case for better understanding. Be sure to set the hard drive to & # 39; slave & # 39; so that it works well.
Set the desktop to check the disk
Put your desktop back on and go from the computer's BIOS to IDEConfig or  CMOSSettings and change all four settings related to " master "and" slave "disks in automatic detection.
Exit and Go Save your files
Now you have to restart. After restarting, go to My Computer, where you should see the available hard drive. Open it and transfer all the files you need from the disk of your dead laptop. If the drive is not displayed in My Computer, your problem may be technical and not the software, and you may need professional help.
Method 3: Recover Data from Mac Hard Drive
This method is very efficient, but unfortunately you can only use it if you have a Mac, so if you are a PC or Linux person, the method does not work for you . What you should do is gain access to your old files using a different computer (a different Mac, because Apple does not allow access to devices other than its own) that will recover data. Let's take a look at the steps you need to follow.
Buy a FireWire cable
The first step is to get the correct FireWire cable. The price of these cables is between $ 5 and $ 10, unless one side is a lightning connection – if you can borrow one from someone else, even better. Different types of pins (8.6 and 4) are available, so choose the one that is compatible with your Mac. Click & # 39; Apple logo & # 39;> & # 39; About this Mac & # 39;> & # 39; System Information & # 39; to get the relevant hardware information on your Mac.
Preparing another Mac
After you purchase the FireWire, you need to borrow a Mac or if you have another that is yours – even better. This is the machine that will help you recover the data. Check if you have enough extra space, otherwise you will receive an external hard drive to copy your recovered data.
Connect them both
You have probably seen this coming, but you do have to connect your dead Mac to the working one via FireWire. Do not forget to switch off the working computer before you do this.
Restart the working Mac
After connecting the two devices, you must restart the working Mac. When you restart it, you must also press the "T" key. The FireWire button must appear on the screen. What this will do is that it takes the computer out of target mode, giving you access not only to the main disk of the computer, but also to that of the dead Mac. If you have OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or higher, the T-test method will not work for you. Instead, go to System Preferences and then click Startup Disk and choose Target Mode. Restart the computer and it works the same.
Hard Drive Access
You must now have (view) the hard drive on the desktop and you must have access. If the target drive is not on your desktop, it means that your Mac is dead due to physical damage. If this is the case, you will need professional help to obtain your data because the method does not work. Assistance can be quite expensive, we have to warn you.
Copy the work files
Assuming everything is fine and you have access to the hard disk of the dead Mac, you have to be pretty simple. All you have to do is copy the desired files to the hard disk of the working Mac or external hard disk, depending on where you want to save all data. You need to be prepared for this process because it can take a few hours depending on the size of your data.
That's all, play it safe
Simply close the window to the hard drive of the dead laptop. If the method worked for you, it means that you don't need any physical repairs and you just need to reinstall your operating system and your laptop will be up and running in no time.
To interrupt the connection between the working Mac and the dead person, all you have to do is right click on the hard drive and click on "Eject".
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