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Old laptop won't power on. How to get info off it?

savedbygrace 444 564 April 26, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Let me preface this to say that I am not extremely tech savvy.

I have an old Dell Inspiron laptop that's about 8 years old. It had power issues (the cord had to be just right or it would die), and now I can't get it to turn on (the battery is totally dead, but because of the cord, I can't charge it. It had some issues before but never with the hard drive. I only say that because I don't think it's the hard drive that's causing it to be dead.

I honestly don't care about the laptop anymore, but I do care about all of the pictures and documents that are stored on it. How can I get them off of it? Should I just buy a cheapish replacement battery on ebay and see if it will power up long enough for me to save everything to discs? Is there a way to remove the hard drive and run that on my new Dell? (totally different operating systems... old one has XP, this one Win7)

Thanks in advance!

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Quote from savedbygrace View Post :
Let me preface this to say that I am not extremely tech savvy.

I have an old Dell Inspiron laptop that's about 8 years old. It had power issues (the cord had to be just right or it would die), and now I can't get it to turn on (the battery is totally dead, but because of the cord, I can't charge it. It had some issues before but never with the hard drive. I only say that because I don't think it's the hard drive that's causing it to be dead.

I honestly don't care about the laptop anymore, but I do care about all of the pictures and documents that are stored on it. How can I get them off of it? Should I just buy a cheapish replacement battery on ebay and see if it will power up long enough for me to save everything to discs? Is there a way to remove the hard drive and run that on my new Dell? (totally different operating systems... old one has XP, this one Win7)

Thanks in advance!

If it's 8 years old, the harddrive is an IDE 2.5 inch. Buy an external 2.5 inch IDE USB drive enclosure. They can be real cheap. Remove the drive from the Dell, insert it in the enclosure. Plug the USB cable into a different pc. Suck your data off.

http://www.google.com/products/ca...GkQ8wIwAQ#
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Rosewill RX81U-ES-25B 2.5" IDE to USB 2.0 External Enclosure [newegg.com] - $10 shipped

The DC Jack is probably broken off of the motherboard. There are people on ebay who will repair it for you or you might even find a local place that will repair it.
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If it's 8 years old, the harddrive is an IDE 2.5 inch. Buy an external 2.5 inch IDE USB drive enclosure. They can be real cheap. Remove the drive from the Dell, insert it in the enclosure. Plug the USB cable into a different pc. Suck your data off.
This is what to do.
Not likely, but if you knew someone who had a Dell that used the same battery you could get yours charged.
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I agree taking the hard drive out is the best option. There is probably 2 or 3 screws that holds it in and then it should slide out one of the sides. If you post the model number you have we can probably help you further.
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Super easy. I've done this lots of times. As mentioned above, get a USB external enclosure or you can just get a connector to attach to the drive one one end and a USB connector to another computer on the other end. I would go with the external enclosure, since after you get your information off you can use that drive as a backup, storage or to transfer large files from one place to another.
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Thanks everyone! I think I'll go with the enclosure then. By the way, it's a Dell Inspiron 1545.
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Thanks everyone! I think I'll go with the enclosure then. By the way, it's a Dell Inspiron 1545.

This will save me time explaining it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQeHCjN3ods

Run it ahead a little over 2 minutes, and it'll show the drive.
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Oy. I'm guessing the external enclosure I just got from the Amazon link isn't the right one, because I don't see any way of these things fitting together. Any ideas how I can find out what enclosure I need. Also any clue what to do with this one I can't use? lol

Like I said, this is from an Inspiron 1545. The hard drive itself says Hitachi Travelstar Feb 03, along with a whole lot of other stuff that I can post if needed.

Thanks in advance. I really do appreciate it.
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Something like this is great to have around. Works with 2.5 and 3.5 IDE and SATA. It's not a permanent enclosure, though. I've had one for years, and I couldn't count how many times it's come in handy.
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?...TB&cat=CBL

Does your Inspiron drive have a weird adapter on the end and might be why it's not fitting? I thought some did, but I might be thinking of a different brand. Never hurts to post a pic of the things you are trying to fit together.
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Oy. I'm guessing the external enclosure I just got from the Amazon link isn't the right one, because I don't see any way of these things fitting together. Any ideas how I can find out what enclosure I need. Also any clue what to do with this one I can't use? lol

Like I said, this is from an Inspiron 1545. The hard drive itself says Hitachi Travelstar Feb 03, along with a whole lot of other stuff that I can post if needed.

Thanks in advance. I really do appreciate it.

Look in my post #2 above. I posted a Google link to the EXACT style of drive enclosure you need.

USB External Portable 2.5 Inchs 2.5-Inch ATA IDE Hard Disk Drive HDD Enclosure Box Case Laptop
Here it is again: http://www.google.com/products/ca...GkQ8wIwAQ#

You need to remove the little circuit adapter Dell installs on the end of the drive, that's plugged into the drive pins. It just pulls off straight, it's held on with pinch-pins. Also, remove the 2 Phillips screws off the metal drive holder, and pull that off the drive. It kind of comes off like a hinge. The drive needs to be bare-bones. Then, it'll insert in any 2.5 inch IDE usb enclosure.
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Dell 1545! Tons of people have that laptop! Find a friend who will let you borrow their battery or swap hard drives while you're at their house. Just ask around.

EDIT: I think the 1505 through 1545 might use the same battery. You'd have to double check on that.
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Look in my post #2 above. I posted a Google link to the EXACT style of drive enclosure you need.

USB External Portable 2.5 Inchs 2.5-Inch ATA IDE Hard Disk Drive HDD Enclosure Box Case Laptop
Here it is again: http://www.google.com/products/ca...GkQ8wIwAQ#

You need to remove the little circuit adapter Dell installs on the end of the drive, that's plugged into the drive pins. It just pulls off straight, it's held on with pinch-pins. Also, remove the 2 Phillips screws off the metal drive holder, and pull that off the drive. It kind of comes off like a hinge. The drive needs to be bare-bones. Then, it'll insert in any 2.5 inch IDE usb enclosure.
Thanks, Mike. You've been extremely helpful. I didn't realize I needed to pull off the end of the hard drive. It worked and I got it to load on my laptop. Unfortunately, it's saying I'm not authorized to view anything. I can see all of the files, but when I go to open them up (a picture, for example), it's blank or gives me an error. Arg. Oh well. I guess I'll need to fork over the $75+ to have the DC jack repaired/replaced/whatever. Anyone in the Bay Area know of anyone reputable (and not too $$$) that can do this?

Thanks everyone. Hopefully I didn't miss anyone, but I repped you all for the advice. I really appreciate it. Smilie
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Last edited by savedbygrace May 4, 2011 at 05:46 PM
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You should be able to take ownership of the drive you have in the enclosure. Go into My Computer and find the drive. Right click on it, and choose Sharing and Security. Click on the Sharing tab. Go to the middle section and click both boxes to share the drive with the drive letter is shows up as in My Computer. You may have to reboot to get it to take effect.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...-_-Product

or do a search on newegg for "ide sata usb adapter"


this little tool will connect just about any hard drive and make it a usb so you can get your data off of it, also if you have any old hard drives.. you can connect them too
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