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David Pantich Aug 10, 2012, 05:19pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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A lightning strike seems to have fried our Gateway NV79 laptop. My wife was using it when lightning struck nearby. She said the laptop and/or attached monitor "popped" and both the laptop screen and 2nd monitor went dark.

Tried to start the laptop again and you can see the power light come on but nothing shows up on the laptop screen. Then tried to attach another monitor (not the one that was attached to it originally) but nothing showed there either.

I know it may be too expensive to pay someone to try and fix it and I'm not sure what I can do so I'm wondering if I can at least get the data off the hard drive.

Are there adapters that let you hook a laptop HD to a desktop?

Thanks in advance for any help


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john albrich Aug 11, 2012, 01:50am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possible to read laptop hard drive with desktop?
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I'll assume you're talking about an IDE interface, as SATA interface would be a direct connect.

Yes. For about $15 you can buy a USB2IDE adapter (or IDE2USB...etailers use both designators) or you can buy a US$5 IDE 2.5" to 3.5" form-factor adapter to connect to the IDE cable (if you have an open connector. They usually (but not always) come with a power adapter dongle.

Personally, I would go with the USB2IDE+SATA adapter as it's more flexible and will be a useful and simple to use diagnostic aid in the future.

Steven Arnold Sep 25, 2012, 10:10pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello Friends,

You need an adapter like the one, you should also be able to find them at any major computer store. The one in the link below will allow you to connect the drive to the USB port on your desktop or another laptop. There are also cheaper adapters that will let you convert the 2.5 inch drive to 3.5 inch but this would require that you open the desktop and install the laptop drive like a normal internal hard drive. I feel you are much better off using a universal converter like that one below. I've repaired many computers in my time and these adapters are one of the most useful pieces of hardware that I own.

Best Regards
Steven Arnold :)

David Pantich Sep 26, 2012, 09:39am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Just to update this... I was able to connect the drive to my desktop using the SATA cables. Can't leave it like that though because I can't "fasten" the drive to anything inside the "shell" of the PC. Are there adapters to connect the smaller drive to the 3.5" bay?

Steve - Did you mean to include a link in your response?


john albrich Sep 26, 2012, 12:09pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possible to read laptop hard drive with desktop?
David Pantich said:
Just to update this... I was able to connect the drive to my desktop using the SATA cables. Can't leave it like that though because I can't "fasten" the drive to anything inside the "shell" of the PC. Are there adapters to connect the smaller drive to the 3.5" bay?
Steve - Did you mean to include a link in your response?


I'm not sure why, but "Steve's" post simply repeats virtually everything I stated in my prior post re USB and direct 2.5-3.5" drive interface adapters. Whatever. Any of those items can be found by using an etailer's website search bar.

However, from your latest post it's clear you don't need an interface adapter as both your motherboard and HDD are SATA and from what you report are compatible.


As to your query "Are there adapters to connect the smaller drive to the 3.5" bay?", go to just about any etailer website (like newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, geeks.com, etc) and enter something like
2.5 bracket
in the site's search bar and you'll find any number of such physical drive body mounting assemblies. Some provide hard mounting points (e.g. screws). Other mounting brackets simply use double-sided tape (which may require an added mounting plate. Some brackets provide enhanced cooling (passive or active (fans)). Which type you prefer is up to you and may depend on how much money you want to spend on such an adapter. Some people simply use double-sided tape to directly mount their 2.5 HDD on top of an existing 3.5" HDD, or they tape to some other part of the HDD drive cage, taking care to make sure it's in the airflow of case cooling fans.


edit to add:
If not doing so already, you should monitor all the HDD temps just to make sure the physical configuration doesn't negatively impact any of the drives....that there's sufficient cooling for all the drives. If you don't already do this, there are multiple freeware/donateware programs out there that will provide this functionality for little or no cost. While the maximum operational temperature for an HDD can vary a bit a fairly common max operational temperature for an HDD is 55C. Each HDD spec will provide the exact operational min/max temps for a specific drive.

David Pantich Sep 26, 2012, 12:43pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Thanks for the info John. As always, your replies are great.

Dr. Peaceful Sep 26, 2012, 02:15pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possible to read laptop hard drive with desktop?
John has already provided the details and explanations of what you need. I am just adding a bit info. All you need is a mounting device, which could be:
1) As simple as a 2-piece metal bracket which cost only few bucks (e.g. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994072 )

2) A metal adapter tray which fits in either a 3.5" or a 5.25" slot (e.g. this one here can fit 2x 2.5" drives in one 3.5" slot, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994085 )

3) Some kind of enclosure to make it look like a 3.5" drive (e.g. enclosure: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994064 )

4) Some kind of fancy drive docking / drawer system, which docks 2.5" HDD directly or 3.5" HDD after using the enclosure mentioned in 3. (e.g. this one can put 4x 2.5" drive in 1 5.25 slot, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817999022 )

I would say 1 and 2 would fit your purpose already. I have a similar adapter tray as 2 myself.

David Pantich Sep 26, 2012, 03:16pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Awesome. Thanks for the info.

Naveen Goud Dec 31, 2012, 04:26pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Possible to read laptop hard drive with desktop?
Hi,

You can use a USB to SATA cable to plug into your laptop hard disk into your desktop USB. The need for a power cable to power on your hard drive will be extra essential. Both will be available for $12 on Amazon. You can do as per your intentions with it.

But what OS is installed on your laptop hard drive and what is loaded on your other PC?

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Keith Braud Jan 17, 2013, 05:13am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Naveen Goud i think right. There is an other way to put your laptop data into USB hard drive which easily available in the market. Not need to cables and other computer. Just connect the USB hard drive to your laptop and copy your desire data and then hard drive connect to your PC and watch your all the data. I think is very easy way to read your laptop hard drive.


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