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My laptop has gone crazy once again.  Now it does not recognize the
network nor does it connect to the internet when connected directly to
the cable modem. So I was wondering if there was anyway I could
transfer the contents of my hard drive to another PC hard drive. It
would not be a problem, but for some reason my cd burner does not work
anymore. I know it all needs upgrading or replacing, but money is a
serious object right about now.
So what I would like to do is transfer to another hard drive in the
desktop PC all of the information and data I would really like to not
lose.  This happened before I could store the latest to the PC via the
network sharing I had set up.

thanks in advance for any suggestions or help


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Just get a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter cable, install the laptop drive in your
desktop and copy away or get a external USB 2.5" drive enclosure.

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There are many ways to do this, if the laptop is still reasonably
functional you could use a USB flash drive, or a USB hard drive, or you
could remove the hard drive and connect it to a USB cable or case and
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Re: how to transfer contents on laptop to desktop

Without a spare drive and copying locally (as others suggested), I find
this works best if you have lots of stuff to keep track of and the disk
Create a MOVE folder on the laptop and in there create the same folders
as "Current PC" , so if you have " My Stuff" folder now, create one in
the move folder. Or C:\ "Program Files\Money 2004\data" etc and then
copy (or 'move' if not needed there any longer)  all of the current data
into that "move folder". THEN hookup a crossover cable ( $8 at CompUSA)
and copy/move that one folder to the other PC's desktop. Disconnect
cable. The tedious part is done.

On the new pc you'll have a new MOVE folder on the desktop.
Open it and drag each folder to where it belongs , so if you had a "C:\
My Stuff" folder, drag the "My Stuff" folder to "C:\ "  . You're done
when the MOVE folder on the destination PC is empty and "everything's
where it was" on your old PC without having to keep track in your
head/on paper.

If you've never used a crossover cable to transfer data, there's lots of
info via google.


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get a USB-USB data cable 7 or a Ethernet Cross Over Cable about 5

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I keep one of those USB to 2.5,3.5, and SATA adaptor cable kits around for
just this kind of problem.  True, it does require removing the hard drive
from the problem PC to transfer the data to another but it does take the
defective PC out of the equation.  Especially nice if the original PC is
having hardware or power supply problems but had not burned out the drive

If you do decide to get one of these adaptors somewhere, read the fine
print.  Some of the vendors are not including the power adaptor stuff needed
to power the 3.5 or SATA drives unless you pay extra shipping charges.

Here is a long link to one such adaptor cable for example presently on eBay
that does include everything, including a mini-CD with drivers for those
pesky systems that need them:

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Your options are critically dependent on what you have...
Can't tell if your cd READER is working? Floppy? USB? serial port?
parallel port?  Drive format? Operating system?
What tools you have available, hardware, software, other systems
that you're willing to take apart to hook up a bare drive etc...

Given all the failures you're having, have you considered the
possibility of a virus?  I'd at least to a virus scan on anything you
get off it.

Laplink or any of it's clones will copy files over the serial or
parallel ports.  It will even install itself over a serial port
if you have no other working input.

They make usb transfer cables with a wart in the middle.  Mine
takes windows running on both ends to install and work.

My fallback is a program called lptdos.  It boots from a DOS floppy and
gives you full access to a fat formatted drive.  Never tried it with
ntfs or linux formatted drives.
You need the free totalcommander running on a windows machine on the
other end.  Works like laplink.  Takes forever, but that's what nights
are for.

If you can boot from a CD, there are drive imaging programs that
can copy your files to a usb hard drive.  I'm told newer versions of
ghost can do this.  I use the Acronis V7 that they were giving away
a while back.  It claims to understand ntfs and various linux formats.
Imaging the drive also insures that you can get the OS back after you
fix whatever is ailing the machine.  IF you just copy the files
and you don't have the restore disks, you may be outa luck getting the
OS reinstalled without jumping some serious hoops.

Or you can pull the drive and put it into a desktop (that can read the
format) to read it.
Easier on some laptops than others.

This whole file access/recover/tools fiasco is why I put FAT32 with two
partitions on everything I can so I can easily (frequently) image one
to the other.


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***   Virus? Faulty power supply?

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***   Does the unit have a USB connector? What about a serial or parallel
port connector? If so, use a file transfer utility that works via one of
those ports.

   If it's just data and not programs or large media files, you could use
a compression program to reduce them in size. (They will readily
compress.) Then copy them to floppy discs, recopy them to another hard
drive, test the recopies, then erase the floppy discs and copy some more

   It's slow, but it will work.

         Richard Bonner /

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