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For cheap backup drives, I just go on Amazon and order a decent SATA laptop hard drive and a USB adapter cable. I don't even bother with a case. My most recent backup drive for my iMac is actually a 512GB solid state drive and the USB cable (USB 3).
yep that should do the trick as well. your data will be fine, assuming theres nothing wrong with the drive. usb feeds enough power for it to see the hard drive is there, it just doesnt supply enough to physically spin up the platters to read the data. i assume you are using something similar to this? [link]
I running the same one without the case. Honestly SSD are so solidly built you don't even need one. You just need a SATA3 to usb 3.0 cable.
EDIT:. Added my cable.
StarTech.com USB 3.0 to 2.5” SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP – SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD/HDD - Hard Drive Adapter Cable [link]
Enclosure isn't even needed. Given the build quality and how enclosed a standard SSD is. A simple sata3 to usb 3.1 cable can do it too.
I'm running the above cable with a 250gb Samsung Evo
Well. All you would need is an external SATA to USB cable. Should be pretty cheap. Maybe $20.
Once you replace the drive, and get MAC OS installed on the new drive, simply plug in the old drive to the adapter and copy everything over.
As for the replacement drive, I would splurge a little and go SSD. The performance gains are awesome.
In general, it's worth checking how much it'd cost to repair yourself. You can generally buy OEM screens pretty cheap if you're willing to wait for them to ship.
The main blow with damaging a computer tends to be losing the data. Are you sure the hard drive's dead? If it isn't in pieces, I'd give it decent odds: computer have fall detection built in, so the disk will stop spinning - and won't get scratched - if you drop it. Spending twenty bucks on a SATA to USB cable and seeing if it'll spin up tends to be worth it. Having that guy lying you around can make you a pretty big hero if you come across anyone with a damaged computer.
I'm confused, does the new one have two drives? You say installed on the main SSD, so I assume there's a second one? Like an M.2 drive or something?
Will it boot if you just put the old drive in the new laptop? I've been able to do that then just immediately update all the drivers to those required for the new computer. As long as they're similar types of computers, default drivers should be enough to get you operational long enough to download the required drivers.
You may have to change the bios settings to boot in legacy mode, but it could work.
Personally I would buy one of these, copy all of your data from your old computer to the SSD that came in the new laptop. Put the old one in your new laptop, install your OS of choice, then copy all of your files over. It's the cleanest way to do it.
> perfectly fine on my old laptop won’t boot on the new one.
That's not how you're supposed to do this. The first thing to try is to re-insert the old drive back into the old laptop, copy over all relevant files to a USB drive and then copy the files to the new Windows 10 machine. Or you buy a USB to SATA drive (like this one) and then try copying the files (usually located in Users folder) into the new machine.
You should be fine with one of these [link] if it’s a 2.5” drive, as the USB ports are powered.
If it’s a 3.5” drive you’ll need an enclosure because USB won’t deliver enough power for that USB adapter.
Replying to my own comment: I used one of these SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable to clone one of the PCs HDD to a SSD attached to a USB3 port on the PC.
It takes a lot longer to copy the data than connecting internally, but you do not have to open your case and find an extra SATA port and power cable. This works very well for laptops, simply clone and swap.
Note you should have a basic knowledge of drive partitions to use any of this cloning software. There are some good Youtube videos on the subject of cloning to SSDs you should review before attempting if you are inexperienced.
Im assuming its sata. If not just search ide to usb adapter.
And to answer your question if its formatted then yes just plug in and access it like an external hard drive.
One last information:
You would need an adapter like this for the SSD, initially:
You probably want to copy your OS, programs, and files to the new SSD before inserting it, right? Since SATA-SSD do not have a USB port normally (as they are meant for internal use), you need an adapter like the one in the link in order to copy your data to the SSD. Use the adapter to connect the SSD to your Mac, and use a software like Carbon Copy Cloner to copy your OS / files / programs to the SSD. After this is done, you can dispose of the adapter and insert the SSD as described in the video.
>Is there any usb to SSD connector
Well yes there is, but it's kinda stupid to use that when you're already complaining about your shitty USB speeds.
Get a SATA cable and plug the SSD into a free SATA connector on your motherboard, much faster.
I'd recommend getting an external USB to sATA adapter like this model:
I have some variation of this which is very helpful however this does require plugging the drive into a different PC. To mitigate this boot the PC off a live Ubuntu disk (DVD or USB) and use the file manager built in to copy files to another external drive like a flash drive.
Pull the drive out of the laptop, boot the PC to the live ubuntu image, connect the drive it to the adapter, plug it into the PC, and pull files via the file manager. You can then use built in disk tools to format the drive ready for reinstall. You don't need to DBAN it but could if you wanted to. A single format is probably fine.
Once done, with all files on a new drive, shutdown and unplug then use the media creation tool to get a current installation media for Windows. If you are using Windows 7 it might be complicated to find media.
Something like this?
Just a simple SATA to USB cable. Not sure if there would be enough power to drive the burner but it should read just fine.
Don't you just need something like this?
Edit: Never mind, looks like the full enclosure you posted is actually cheaper.
I see. You're probably right. And I was going to say that the hard drive you have linked is awfully expensive but it's a 2.5 inch so thats why. Then my solution would figure out how much space you need and figure out if you can get it below 250GB. If so, definitely go with the SSD. Also, can you still use the hard disk you have now to store stuff? If there is no space in your laptop, can you use one of these for your old HDD? (You might be able to find a cheaper one i just linked the first one I saw.)
This is the adapter: [link]
That's a thought I also had. I can't really answer it tho. Its connected to a USB 3.0 Port. Where can I get information about its power delivery? Didn't find much in the motherboards manual. SSD works fine with the adapter. Case is the Crystal 460x from Corsair. Same behaviour when connecting directly to the motherboards USB
You should be able to use the key that is on the computer sticker. You may have to order an OEM Windows 10 install disc from Dell though, in order to use it, unless one came with your system. (I believe the Win 10 Dell Discs are Purple.)
Another option is to clone your original drive to the SSD before swapping them. (Backup personal files, uninstall programs, etc to an external or USB drive if you need make the image smaller. If the SSD is smaller than the OEM drive.) Also, being a laptop, you may need to purchase a SATA to USB adapter in order to hook up your new SSD while the original hard drive is still in the PC.
a few options - check with a friend/relative if they have a PC, take the hdd to a repair shop, buy an ssd & install the OS on that, then get a drive dock or sata to usb adapter to check the health/integrity of the hdd.
No problem. No need for apologies. We are all here to help. At the worst, you should be able to remove the drive and get one of these [link] and transfer her photos. You might be able to find one cheaper. I think I found one for a couple bucks. Just connect it to the drive and plug the usb into your pc.
You can if you have a sata port on the case or:
You can also try different SATA cables from the PSU and motherboard into the HDD. Also, try another SATA port on the motherboard if you can. There is still a chance that it could be some cables or ports, and not the HDD.
Plug in the external drive and open up disk management (open the start menu and type in disk management) and see if anything other than the hard drive in your laptop is showing up...For example, you may see that it lists three disks, one of which would be your C: drive, another would be your DVD drive, and the third would be the external drive. If you see the external drive, but it doesn't have a drive letter associated with it, then that means that somehow or another your partition was deleted...your data should still be there though. It may be easiest if you post a picture of what you see when you open up disk management if you are uncertain as to whether or not the drive is there. If your portable hard drive doesn't show up in disk management, see below. If your drive does show up in disk management, report back, and I or someone else may be able to help you retrieve your data.
I had a portable WD drive die on me before, but it turned out to be a bad connection between the usb port and the hard drive itself. If you are otherwise unable to get the drive working, carefully remove the plastic shell to get the drive out. Once you have the bare drive out, you can then plug it into your laptop using something like this or if you have a desktop, you can just plug it in to one of the internal connections. Assuming that your problem exists somewhere in between the usb connection and the drive itself, this will allow you to retrieve your data.
If all else fails, or if you would rather not mess with this, you may consider taking it to a shop (or a computer savvy friend) to have it diagnosed. Though it wouldn't be free, it is likely that they would be able to help you, and it would save you from buying a special adapter just to test your drive.
Assuming we're talking Windows 7 here.
The migration software included by Samsung will do the job nicely.
Buy something like this [link]
Plug the SSD into the adapter, connect it to a USB port, insert the Migration disk in the optical drive in your Sony and follow the directions.
Make sure you get your source and target drives correct, so you don't clone the blank SSD to your hard drive.
When it's done, and it could easily take more than an hour, remove the battery, pull the hard drive, replace it with the SSD and you should be good to go.
I use one of these with a cheap SSD for the exact same reason, work comp on the road.
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I am not quite sure how you would fix this. Have you tried 'Refresh your PC' (not 'Reset your PC')? It'll save your data but uninstall all the apps. /u/chinpokomon 's suggestion might work. If you do a factory reset ('Reset your PC') it might just move your data to Windows.old, but I am not a 100% sure.
If you are afraid of losing your data in C:\ (assuming your HDD hasn't been corrupted), pop out your HDD, get something like this : amazon.com/StarTech-com-SATA-Drive-Adapter-Cable/dp/B00HJZJI84/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1434514625&sr=1-1&keywords=hdd+to+usb&pebp=1434514630318&perid=1FN9J4CTYVGBHZSF0KDS
connect it to your HDD and copy over your data to another machine.
Easiest way is to remove the hard drive, and plug it in to another computer (desktop preferably) as a secondary drive.
removing the drive is easy, there's usually a little cover panel on the bottom that has a couple screws, you pop it off and then the hard drive usually slides out, or may have some retaining screws you have to remove.
you don't have to mount it in the case or anything, just set it on the desk or a box or something. connect a SATA cable to the drive and motherboard, and hook up the SATA power from the PSU.
then you can just click-drag, or copy/paste files from the laptop drive to an external drive or flashdrive or whatever.
if you only have a laptop, then you'll need a USB-to-SATA adapter like this, and that will work just the same.
Sorry. Forgot it was a laptop.
Yes you will need a cable. This one should do the trick:
StarTech.com USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable
Ok. If you want to clone the drive you'll have to move some data beforehand to get the size down to below 250gb.
Cloning saves you having to reinstall the o/s and update and reinstall your apps.
If it's a PC you can mount the ssd in a spare drive bay or just sit it in a spare drive bay. You can get by w/o mounting it.
If it's a laptop you will want to buy a sata to usb cable like this:
USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III
You'll want to pick an ssd that has migration/cloning s/w with it. I prefer the samsung evo series. Their migration tool works really well.
Sincerely doubt anyone here will do better than this if you have Prime: [link]
If you wanted to try and retrieve your stuff, you could use a linux live cd, or you could use something like this to connect your old drive to a working computer. I can't guarantee anything though. In the future, try and keep extra copies of your files somewhere besides your main hard drive.
Well if it's possible to pull your Hard Disk out, you could get something like this : [link]
and connect it to your HDD and plug it in to another computer to copy your data. Just make sure to get the right one. Also, this error can be caused by some sort of corruption, possibly registry corruption. If you can enter the safe mode (Hit F8, I think, at bootup time), there might be a way to restore from an earlier restore point.
Your laptop hard drive is likely failing from the sound of it, it's relatively common occurrence. Since the computer isn't too hot, something like this you could use to plug into another PC and run a hard drive diagnostic like HDTune or WD Data Lifeguard. (Both are free)
on the cheap a good dock alternative is this.
you can definitely find cheaper ones.
link i actually just ordered this after trying to do research i know it will connect to my hardrive but will it work to transfer files. if not i can still return or cancel order right now.
I do have a SATA to USB connector I use at work to grab files from old/bad drives. This guy. I have a USB port on my Qnap so I think it should recognize. If not I can connect them to a PC here and pull them into the new drive.
I thought you could set one disk to RAID1 but it wouldn't really start RAID until you popped the second drive in.
This is my only desktop PC but I do have a laptop so if I get one of these then I can test the drives?
Yeah sorry that isn't really possible. You need either some type of saving device such as a flash drive. The flash drive would have to be big enough to hold all your files...
you need something like this:
it's connected with one of these, no case just a drive and that cable.
moderator removed this post but it's connected with one of these. did not use the [Tech] tag so the auto bot could post the reboot your xbox support message.
anyways thanks, yes I'm pretty sure it 3.0
This cable is probably the best/most low profile option.[link]
Keep in mind that an SSD won't make a huge difference in situations like Crucible as you're still waiting on all the other players before the match starts, but it does make a substantial difference loading into any other activity, especially when you're solo.
What I noticed is that laptops that come with SSD are overcharging you for the SSD , therefore it is actually cheaper to install it yourself.
With this and some ssd's come with free software to clone your drive
I's suggest a clean install and then migrate data from time machine or old drive using migration assistant. I've done both, the cable I used was $12 from amazon:
look up the install videos at ifixit or OWC for your mac model, makes the whole process easy.
Actually, it is a lot of money your performance is going to happen is all of your help. Tried doing this and following the step by step on how to change the fan speed to 100%, but it doesn't seem related to the Fn Keys which you can use this ([link]) to have it at its "upper limit" of memory?
I mean there are so many choices.
You can just get a cable. [link]
You can get external HDD enclosures that you just plug into a USB port.
You can get NAS docks (Network Attached Storage) that let you just attach hard drives to your network so you can access them from multiple computers.
You can just build a machine to do it as well with hot swappable drives.
There are SO many choices. What's your end goal?
Would maybe a SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable compared to a hard drive docking station is any difference in performance or the same?
Adapter Cable: [link]
Yes, the Samsung SSD drives come with a very effective cloning software.
You just need to buy a cable to connect the new drive to USB to clone your old drive onto it.
I did that Exact upgrade a couple months ago.
Yeah I download a lot of movies/shows so I definitely wouldn't want to go all the way down to a 128/256 GB SSD, since that's about the most I could afford with a SSD. Rather save up to replace this laptop.
Are 5400 RPM drives preferred over 7200? I was always under the impression 7200 was better with its faster speeds (at least before SSDs came out)
As for the Seagate Hybrid. Am I understanding the tech correctly? Its basically an 8 GB SSD with a 1 TB traditional HD. And the OS would go on the SSD part while everything else goes on the traditional side?
Do you have any resources on replacing the HD? I was planning on buying this cable:
and then cloning my current drive and then its just swapping the two? but how exactly does it know to put the OS on the SSD portion?
Thanks again for all your help, I really appreciate it.
Get one of these and you can clone your current boot drive onto your new SSD. Then just swap them and you are good to go. As for games in different places, yes you can. You can add a second library to steam. I have on my SSD and one on my HDD. When you go to install a game it will ask you what location you want it installed to. Just pick the library for the one you want and you are good.
I've used this one on an 850 EVO and a few random 2.5" HDD's. Works great!! You'll need more power to run a 3.5" drive though...
As for a case... I'm not necessarily sure it needs one? unless you are trying to make it ruggedized and/or accessible by usb/micro-usb.
First off, ignore any included software that comes with a drive. Always always always. Invariably this is written for PC, is even then highly proprietary (read duff), and the tools that come with a Mac are more than good enough.
Maybe I missed it, but have you not tried installing the SSD directly in A? This would get past the problem of the enclosure not working. You should then be able to boot off the USB, and use Disk Utility to format the SSD for OS X. If Disk Utility doesn't see it (which I now see your third bullet covers) then it looks very much like a duff SSD.
Rather than banging your head off a wall, you first of all need to verify the SSD is good. Maybe get one of those SATA to USB interfaces that are a few bucks that let you run a notebook sized drive externally, yet naked, so no enclosure. They're pretty cheap and a spare one is always handy to have, and with SSDs there isn't really even any point in an enclosure as they're normally in one. But from what you've said, you've tried the enclosure and directly inside A, so I'd reckon it's just dead.
So you swapped the drive from the old laptop to the new one, and you're getting activation issues? Can you use the Win 10 key under your laptop to re-activate?
Do you still have all your files? It sounds like the repair shop backed up your docs, reinstalled Windows, then replaced your docs but never activated Windows, or used a pirated version of it.
I would recommend putting the new drive back in, make sure that's licensed and good. It should already have the drivers installed since it's the drive that came with the laptop. Then get a USB SATA cable (something like this) to read your old drive. It will act like a flash drive, you can just copy the stuff over yourself.
What model laptop is the one that crashed? What version of Windows? Do you have another WORKING computer? If so, buy a USB/SATA converter, something like this: [link] or if you want, I'll sell you a used one for $10, pick-up price. Use that to connect to another computer and move all your important stuff over. Sounds like 2 of these are easy fixes, and the keyboard one you just need a replacement keyboard from ebay, OR you can remove the keyboard, wash off the keyboard with water, let it sit for a couple days to dry out and reinstall, or just use a USB keyboard.
Yeah, just plug it in to the USB port though an adapter like it's a flash drive. If it needs power, and your adapter doesn't provide it, use the broken pc to provide power, and continue as normal. /U/Dreamanimus
In his scenario, I would get set up with the ssd like I said with only power going to the hdd, then VERY CAREFULLY just plug the sata cable to the hdd with everything still on. Alternatively, situations like this is where having something like this laying around is handy. Then from within Windows just delete everything on the hdd. There's certainly other (safer) ways to do it, but having run into issues in this situation before, this is just how I do it. It circumvents problems like what OP is currently having, and releases you from having to mess with boot orders in the bios and whatnot.
Though really, you only need to deal with that sort of thing if you're planning on using the hdd with the new ssd. If you're replacing the ssd, you just install Windows, easy peasy.
oh I see. I'll look into diskpart and also try this to plug into a mac and see if that might work. The Windows disk manager definitely sees the drive, but any time I try to delete a partition it just goes into "Not Responding" for an hour (that's how long I waited until I gave up).
Really appreciate the advice and good to know that not all is lost yet!
How are you buying it? Local person to person sale, store in person that sales used goods? online store? Online P2P ( like /r/hardwareswap or ebay)
If local p2p and you can psychically inspect the drive before buying it you could use something like this [link] to check if it working with any available computer. Running SMART or any other drive test tool.
If it a local store, if they are on the up and up they would probably provide proof of a working drive if you asked. Also warranties, guarantees and return polices are a good sign too.
Online store is harder but a legit store probably has warranties, guarantees or return polices. So at least if it doesn't work you can return it.
online P2P, you can ask for proof of the working drive. Also paying thru something that has good protection. I think /r/hardwareswap recommends Paypal Goods and Services ( but not paypal friends and family gift that has no protection) or google wallet.
Also with all but maybe local p2p paying with a card over cash will give you some recourse as well if all other options fail, thru doing a chargeback as a last resort. With local p2p often cash is king so that doesn't really work. Though some might take paypal or some other form of digital wallet which is nice too
I asked here before about checking if my SSD works or not, but I did some searching around and now I was wondering if I could use this: [link] to check my open box Samsung 850 Evo 500gb to see if it works or not? And also test it for any problems?
Edit: important to note that I do not have a PC to install this in, just my laptop that I don't want to use my SSD with. (I am building a PC soon)
TL;DR - but made it through the first 3 paragraphs.
From that, I can say for certain that the drive is dead - the fact your system slows to a crawl once it is connected is a good identifier of this.
Now, I have had some luck in the past with the following steps:
The details behind this method is that when you freeze the drive, the components constrict slightly, providing some buffer space for the heads to move along the drive without contact. If this does not work for you, then your only option is to send it in for professional recovery. My method here is fairly "safe" from doing further damage to the drive, since, you know, the details behind the method.
BE CAREFUL the paper towel and air tight sealed bag is a must or you will get moisture in the drive during freezing - and this will mess it up good.
ALTERNATIVE (and you must be really good, and very precise)
Find another drive of the EXACT make and model of the drive that has failed. Dismantle it and swap the platters (alignment of the platters must be exact, and be careful not to damage the heads) The dead drive's platters with the good drive's components will allow you to recover the data - in fact, you can leave it like this since it's basically a new drive. This is essentially how professional data recovery is done (although they pull the platters and mount them on a special machine to read the raw data and recompile it)
If you have another computer, you may be able to take the hard drive out (assuming you only have data on there, no OS files) and plug it via an adapter like this. You can then download and move the driver files onto the hard drive and plug it back into your PC.
Like these people are saying though, you may be better off reinstalling Windows.
You can take out the hard drive and plug it into another machine using one of these.
What happens if you hold "option" while booting?
You need a cable like this, just pull your hard drive out and connect it to your new computer it will act the same as a USB flash drive.
It's probably the hard drive starting to fail. My wife's 2011 MBP was doing the same thing and I did what you've done but it was just slow. Drop a SSD in there (really easy to do) and it will feel like a new machine. I'd recommend the 500Gb Samsung EVO 850 (I've put that in 3 different 2009-2011 MBPs). Full walkthroughs for opening the machine and replacing the drive can be found on iFixit or OWC websites for your model.
If you buy a cheap SATA to USB cable like this: [link]
..it will make migrating your existing data very easy.
All good advice. But W530 has USB 3.0, does it not? If it does, you definitely want this cable instead:
StarTech USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP - SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD/HDD [link]
If you can, I'd recommend you buying a USB 3.0 to 2.5 HDD Adapter and using a free program called Hard Drive Sentinel, Which check the HDD for any errors. Shouldn't even delete anything off it, or even touch the content. Link: [link]
Edit: It's how I found out mine basically had a week left of usage. lol
Yeah you're totally good man, just wait and see if you can pick up a sata cable or buy one [link] and then reset it on a friends PC. You could also save yourself that headache and just format a USB drive to boot into and then boot from the USB drive!
Windows failing to start up, and the pre-boot diagnostics confirm that hard drive is failing.
Based on the service tag, it looks like the laptop is already out of warranty, so a new hard drive would be an out of pocket expense.
As for recovering data off the drive, you could pull the drive and use a SATA to USB adapter and hook it up to another PC and see if you can read data off of it.
If this doesn't work, your only other options are to restore from a backup, or send the drive to a data recovery service (very expensive).
Good luck to you.
In my desktop I'm using a standard 2.5" ssd. I will soon be moving and will be using a laptop that I have. Will I be able to continue to use this ssd in my laptop using a usb to sata cable such as this? Any potential issues?
Ok do you have a Sata to USB cable? So you can disconnect it from the motherboard, boot the system then plug in that hard drive via USB to possibly see what's going on or format that drive to see if it helps? Here's a link to what I'm referring to, [link]
the program says it will migrate your OS onto an ssd, but honestly it's not recommended. there are so many individual little driver installs for certain motherboard functions and chipset features that are already installed on your current pc and would carry over to the new build and make a bunch of problems.
it's best practice to do a fresh windows install for a new pc and adding an ssd.
i dont know what kind of system you currently have, but this is what i would do if i were you:
get the parts you have listed for your new build
take a screenshot(s) of you Programs and Features window to remember all the crap you installed
grab this 10 dollar adapter
when your parts come, use that adapter to copy everything you need off your old system onto your new 1T hdd (docs, pics, video, downloads, steam games, etc)
install a fresh windows 10 onto your new machine with just the ssd plugged in, after you have windows installed add the 1T hdd to your build and all your files will be there
install previously referenced crap on new pc
and then you're back to 100% without cloning errors
Yes as Auxillary said, you can save the data. If the hard drive for the laptop is a SATA drive, you can easily purchase, unless you already have one lying around a USB to SATA adapter and plug it into another PC and the laptop hard drive will show up like an external drive.
Example of USB to SATA:
Wow, nice job. I don't have the skills to do that so I'll probably buy one from aliexpress. I have a spare ssd and a usb3-sata3 cable ([link]); if it works, it'll be messy and if not, I'll have to find a powered usb hub. But I really like how everything is compact in your build. It took me awhile to realize that the WD PiDrive powered both the drive and the rpi. Really clean!
Google something like "vaio <model-number> drive removal" where model number is the model number somehwere on the laptop.
You probably just need a small screw driver to take the screws out. Once it's out you can slave it right up like a USB drive to the new computer. They sell those adapters pretty much anywhere computer stuffs are sold.
Im the type of guy that just gets a normal HDD and connect them with an USB to SATA Adapter
external HDDs are nothing else than that however have a nice looking case and the "Adapter" is inside the case.
You would need a SATA port to connect it to, even if you used a Linux LiveCD of some kind. If you have time to get something in the mail, you can snag a USB/SATA adapter like this then run some software like CrystalDiskInfo to get a basic check on the drive and make sure it's not dead.
You'll need something like this USB - SATA adapter. It will allow you to connect that drive to another computer as if it were a big external drive. This is a great thing to have in your bag of tricks, along with an extra mouse and keyboard.
Personally I would clone the hdds contents to the sshd , verify it boots and then format the old hdd. Then buy a cable like this [link] and use the hdd as a external backup.
No salvageable parts, except the hard drive. You should be able to mount that HDD inside a desktop.
If you don't want to mount it internally, you can use something like this USB - SATA adapter. It will allow you to connect that drive to another computer as if it were a big external drive. This is a great thing to have in your bag of tricks, along with an extra mouse and keyboard.
With a cable like this: [link]
you can attach the new 2.5in SSD to a USB port and format and install the OS on it. Then boot into the SSD and migrate your data. Now when you install the drive it will boot up with all your files intact.
Hmm. Well, I'll try the SSD first.
Let's assume that it's a problem with the SSD. So, I buy a new one, and my mobo recognizes it fine. In order to get the files off of my old SSD, would a USB to SATA adapter like this work okay?
You could get one of these, remove HD from computer then plug it into the adapter and connect to another computer to get any files off. Then do a fresh install.
Yep. It was a huge stink a few years ago, but it's mostly just a vanishing memory now.
Disconnect the SATA cable from your SSD, leaving the power cable in. Turn on the computer, boot into your BIOS/UEFI, and leave the computer running for about an hour (you might want to turn off your monitor to prevent burn in), then shut down and reconnect your SSD. If it was a power failure, the SSD should boot right up.
If you have a SATA to USB adapter cable, you can also test the drive on another system to see if it works (and do the above mentioned test).
Make a USB installer thumb drive like above suggested.
Alternatively, I like to use a usb to SATA cable like this: [link]
You can connect your old drive to usb and boot into it and then run disk utilities to format the new drive and install the OS on it. Then boot into the new one.
My SOP for installing a new drive is first attach it with that cable, format and install a clean OS on it. Then migrate all the data with migration assistant. Now open up the machine and swap drives. You boot up and are ready to go (after all your sign ins).
I'm talking about the Kingston thumb drives. My point being that you don't lose anything by utilizing an SSD connected to a USB enclosure or adapter for boot, over a single thumb drive, because no USB thumb drives support SMART either (that I have found). You definitely aren't able to take advantage of the SMART features of whatever SSD you use in that manner, because I've never found a USB-SSD adapter/enclosure that supports SMART, but you aren't really losing anything either.
SSD's seem to be more reliable in general, SMART or not, than flash drives... so it could be advantageous to use one with a USB adapter, even though you don't get SMART data from it, especially if it means not giving up a SATA port (if they are limited).
One of these is what I plan on using, hooked to the internal USB header on my supermicro board.
Very likely to be the cable. HDD and SSD use the same cables, yes, assuming its a SATA drive. You should check them on another machine to be sure. Replacing those cables won't be much of a problem though.
Or buy a SATA USB adapter to check them. I just bought this one recently:
Sorry but it seems to me that your laptop will need some serious work, you may have to send it to a repair shop to confirm. As for the baking in the oven trick, that's a really bad idea, it will very likely make things worse, especially if things go wrong. You may still be able to recover you data by using a second PC and a USB to SATA cable like this
If the hard drive is still functional, then yes, it'll basically act like an external hard drive. There are a few variables (partition type), but it is likely to work. Make sure to get a good adaptor. One like this should do just fine.
This is what you'd be looking for. It's a SATA adapter. You can find them for cheaper but this is the first example i ran across
Yea it would probably work, but you could also just buy a sata+power to USB adapter and plug it into your computer if you know where the notes are in your file system.
I use one of these all the time:
You want to copy the files from the old HD to the new HD.
No sense in keeping old drive if you're buying a new device.
Easiest way is get an external case for the drive (~$30), put it in there and copy whatever you need to the new laptop. The HD you have is most likely a SATA drive, so you want a SATA to USB. Here, this one is $12.
You should have a 2.5" HD and not a 3.5" HD since it was in a laptop.
Alternatively, there may be an extra bay that exists. A bay means the empty physical space for it. Then you have to make sure the drive works in the new Mac. I am not sure why the replacement drive you got didn't work on the old Mac, but I'm assuming there may be a problem connecting it to new one as well.
I don't do macs.
edit: Sorry about your father. Not to excuse his behavior, but sometimes people get frustrated and they take it out on others. I get frustrated when I have to deal with Mac's weirdness.
Do you have a different computer? If so you can open the laptop, remove the hard drive, connect it to something like this, plug it into a different computer and access your files.
As for the laptop do you have access to a different monitor? Plug the monitor into the laptop and see if it produces a picture.
Sometimes. Is the adapter you're using a single USB port deal like this guy? Those tend no to be able to draw enough power for mechanical drives. Ideally, you want something with either a second USB plug for additional power, or a separate power brick to run the drive.
Or even something as simple as this depending on your use. [link]