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Hyjacking this comment. Startup issues are either hardware (motherboard, RAM, Powersupply, HDD) or software (filesystem is corrupted/broke, boot files missing). If you can't get the laptop working....
1 Buy this: https://www.amazon.com/Generic-Adapter-Converter-Optical-External/dp/B002OV1VJW
2 pull HDD from non-functional laptop
3 connect to working one(connect power supply last)
4 copy files to New laptop
5 copy files to Google drive/ OneDrive/ etc
I'm using this https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Generic-SATA-PATA-IDE-alimentaci%C3%B3n/dp/B002OV1VJW/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=sata%2Fide+to+usb+2.0+adapter&qid=1619360568&sprefix=sata%2F&sr=8-8
They are on a mining room though 20 degrees with A/C
For the most part if the drive's platters are a spinning you are in good shape
Also: same kit for half the price Drive to USB kit on Amazon
That's indeed an IDE port and Molex-powered device. Sometimes PC repair shops will have an adapter like this. StarTech makes cheap adapters, but I have one and it works in a pinch. I wouldn't recommend using it for a long time, though. I'm willing to bet the disk and its data aren't worth it, but it's up to you :)
Something like this should be all you need. That is if they all work. If you can't see them in Windows, create a bootable Linux USB stick. Boot to that and see if you can see the drives. If so, pull the data you need.
This one is the exact one I purchased. I'd say it's not much more convenient than connecting it directly to your PC when you have to deal with all the wires, but I don't have an IDE port on my motherboard so I don't have a choice.
Buy a external adapter to USB and just plug it in after the computer boots?
You can pick up a slave kit at Best Buy or Amazon (Christ, that sounds bad) for about 10 bucks
We use ones similar to this at work
It's a little cumbersome but gets the job done
Plug it into your desktop and see if you can get to your files. You can also scan it or try to repair it
Is the Linux machine a desktop? If so, just pull the SSD and add it to your PC. You will need an additional SATA cable as well as a power cable for it. Or, if you want to you can get one of these and go that route.
To transfer the data, id recommend this
it should work with whatever HDDs you have.
Get yourself one of these and connect the drive to it. Then stick it in a USB port. If that doesn't work the drive is damaged. https://www.amazon.com/Drive-Adapter-Converter-Optical-External/dp/B002OV1VJW/ Also, some of those hard drives have a removable adapter that's directly on the connectors. If it looks funky try to pull it off.
> Do you think I should use a normal external HDD with a dedicated PSU or spend the extra money, get a real NAS and run a plex server on it?
Good question. I've had time to play with both a real NAS, as well as a NAS powered by an Odroid C1 (small computer similar to the RPi). When I had a NAS setup on my Odroid, I used a small kit exactly like this one and connected it to an a standard internal 3.5" HDD. It seemed to work fairly well, the Odroid has gigabit ethernet and I was seeing transfer speeds of ~ 40MB/s.
I also have a true NAS box, and with that I see speeds of ~ 60 to 65MB/s when transferring data, so it's a little quicker than my Odroid NAS. Only catch is the cost, the NAS box itself cost me about $200 CAD when I bought it, and for a decent one now you'd probably be spending $150 to $200 USD, which is way more than the cost of an RPi.
So anyway, back to your original question, what I suggest would be to purchase a normal internal HDD as well as that kit I linked above. You can use that with the RPi as a NAS, and if it works for you then that's great - you have a cheap and efficient NAS! However, if you find that the performance from the RPi isn't as great as you expected, you can then purchase a real NAS and install the drive in it that you purchased for the original RPi NAS. That way, you'd only be out the $10 or so from the adapter kit, because you can install the HDD into the new NAS. I wouldn't recommend going the external drive route, because if you ever wanted to migrate from an RPi NAS to a real NAS, you'd have to purchase brand new hard drives as well, because the external HDD wouldn't be able to be installed inside of a NAS.
To add to this ... .If you don't want to keep that drive always connected to your PC, you can get one of these that will allow you to connect several different styles of drives.
Does the drive start up or is it completely dead? If it's dead, I can't help you. But if the drive starts up and you just can't run Windows, I have one of these cables that lets you connect up an internal drive to another computer's USB port as an external drive. Then you can just grab whatever files you want off it.
We're in Lumberton, right next to Mt Holly.
Buy one of the many flavors of these things: http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Adapter-Converter-Optical-External/dp/B002OV1VJW
Plug it into a working computer and pull your stuff off via usb.. If it cannot read that drive, try putting it in the freezer for a while and try again..
No, but you can get a 3.5" drive for $5.00 or less at electronics stores, and then rig it up to a device like this.
Otherwise you're going to need to find an old PC that supports ATA connectors, and run WinXP or a lightweight Linux on it in order to handle the file transfer. Since the floppy data is likely pretty gnarly, you're better off using Linux and using the various bitwise copy tools to restore the file.
Get that connector should work, but I'd recomend this connector instead because it comes with a power adapter. For you particular problem, you won't need the power cable, but it is a great tool to have later. This should work with a Mac, it will appear just like a thumb drive.
A quick warning: plug in the old hard drive before plugging in the USB to the computer. If you plug in the USB and then the hard drive, the disk will spin up before you have the chance to set it down; moving an old hard drive at full speed my break it.
I believe that is a PATA drive. You can get a converter like this one to connect it to USB.
This is the one you want https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Generic-SATA-PATA-IDE-alimentaci%C3%B3n/dp/B002OV1VJW/ref=mp_s_a_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=sata%2Fide+to+usb+2.0+adapter&qid=1619360568&sprefix=sata%2F&sr=8-8
You can get cables like this or this that interface with your machine through USB. I got the first one for 1000 that had separate power cable but that was way back in 2000s. Might be expensive if they are difficult to find but I don't think it would be that hard if you ask around. Daraz has one so you should fine one easily.
Downside is that they can be quite flimsy and need to be handled with care, especially the ribbon cable if they have a separate one but they work just fine as long as they work.
External IDE / SATA to USB reader here
here is the cheap product to do it (probably can be found cheaper elsewhere)
Would something like this work? I would like something stateside. Sorry if I'm being nuisance.
You can connect to the drive via USB and an adapter.
Use Clonezilla or other imaging software and try to recover.
Get one of these kits
I don't see where anybody mentioned installing linux on the working computer. It's free. Everyone knows linux users get more girls, or at least grow bushier beards, so there's that. You can read/copy all your files off the two windows drives. http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Adapter-Converter-Optical-External/dp/B002OV1VJW It might be a little bit harder than some people like to claim, but with a little persistence you'll git er done.
Or you can take a third computer (running linux will avoid windows permissions problems, copy all the files, then go to settings and remove and reinstall windows, then get your files off the storage drive.
USB to ide or sata... One of these : http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Adapter-Converter-Optical-External/dp/B002OV1VJW
Cheap SATA to PATA adapter?
Or maybe a USB device like this would be more reliable?
just use something like this?
This is closest to what I was talking about, but I personally like using StarTech's dock more.
edit - the StarTech dock will work with 3.5 inch drives, the first one I linked will not.
SATA/PATA/IDE Drive to USB 2.0 Adapter Converter Cable for 2.5 / 3.5 Inch Hard Drive / 5 inch Optical Drive with External AC Power Adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002OV1VJW/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_CGJFvb8TK7SND
Buy and adapter and plug them in. http://www.amazon.com/Drive-Adapter-Converter-Optical-External/dp/B002OV1VJW
I'm not educated on jumpers, would that affect the ability of an adapter to read it if I just remove it entirely? And I only need an adapter to get the data off of it because this is from an old defunct computer.
Would this be sufficient?
Or for 9 bucks he can get everything he needs without the extra stuff he didn't ask for.