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Recently, my desktop power supply has exploded, since i overclocked arrogantly... In doing so, all my college work, including my research paper due in a week, has been inaccessible. I was wondering if I can take out my internal hard drive and somehow connect it to my laptop, so I can access the contents of the hard drive via my laptop? Is an adapter required to convert the SATA to some sort of different output that can match the laptop's inputs?
post #2 of 8
yes you can take it out and connect it to your laptop. just get a HDD external enclosure such as any of these that support 3.5" drives. i take it since it was in a desktop you have a 3.5" HDD.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=-1&isNodeId=1&Description=hdd+enclosure
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post #4 of 8
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OH wow thanks! Just ordered both the enclosure and the kit, just in case. Saved me big time! biggrin.gif
post #5 of 8
division9 hit it on the head, unless you really want to pay for an enclosure, those work well.. you might be able to find one a lil cheaper if ya look around.
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post #6 of 8
enclosers w/ a HDD are good also for using as a back up solution as well so there is a use for it right there. smile.gif
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post #7 of 8
I'd recommend you not use the power supply unit on that kit that I linked, just take a look at all the one star reviews and how many of them claim the bad PSU burnt their hard drives, or atleast consider a kit from a different manufacturer. The enclosure linked by stubass would probably be much much better option.
    
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post #8 of 8
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Ohh okay, I'll also be looking for a kit like that though... might become useful one day.
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