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Old 09-22-2013, 02:39 PM   #11
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$13, that's defiantly doable.
Nice price! I would jump on it.
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Check out a Vantec hard drive dock or a NewerTech universal drive adapter. The hard drive dock is the simplest. It has itís own power supply. You just plug the bare hard drive into it, connect it to your computer with FireWire, USB 2 or USB 3, turn it on and itís the same as any flash drive or camera.

The universal drive adapter is useful if the hard drive is of an older design. Some of the earlier hard drives used a different style connector.

The hard drive docks range from $25 up on Amazon.
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I've got a question for those of you who are good with computers. Several months back, my laptop died indefinitely (Motherboard is fried). It was a Toshiba Satellite L675 running on Windows 7 with a 500 GB hard drive.

Currently, I'm using a Toshiba Satellite C855 running on Windows 8, with a 600 GB (I think) hard drive. Is there an easy way to hook up my old hard drive to my computer so I can see the information stored on it?

Also, most of the parts (with the exception of the motherboard) on my old computer are still good. Is there any way I could sell those? I really don't want to just throw good equipment away when it could be reused.

Finally, once I get the info I want off my old hard drive, is there a way to completely wipe it clean (where that info could never be regathered)? If I can I'd probably sell it too. If not, I'd either just keep it, or blow a hole in it.

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Most of the when laptop meets its maker, it is done for in the end. The only parts, is the case, screen, fans off the MB, keyboard. Even if you remove them and the laptop is older model, ebay and craigslist would be the only avenue to re-sell those parts. If the screen is having either dead pixels and/or vertical lines of resolution, that screen is done.

Destruction of the hard drive from a laptop, you can take a 5 pound hammer, safety glasses, place the hard drive in a cloth bag to prevent parts going everywhere. Once the platter is destroyed, information retrieval is out of the question.

Desktop hard drives, secure to block of wood, safety glasses and drill with good drill bit and number of holes into the platter. I usually dill 4 to 6 for good measure.

Degaussing is another method and the machines are expensive. I know others have used heavy magnet and/or microwave.

I like the tried and true method of destruction of a hard drive in the physical form.
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$13, that's defiantly doable.

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Yeah, $13 for the USB 3.0 version. And they do work great. Very simple to drop in your drive and access data. As long as your drive is ok.

You might check those symptoms with Toshiba or laptop forums. Could just be a BIOS that needs reset. When I hear "fried" my first thought is a lazy computer guy.
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Newegg has these for SATA to USB converters:

http://www.newegg.com/USB-Converters/SubCategory/ID-3026?Tid=19442&Tpk=sata%20to%20usb%20adapter
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Yeah, $13 for the USB 3.0 version. And they do work great. Very simple to drop in your drive and access data. As long as your drive is ok.

You might check those symptoms with Toshiba or laptop forums. Could just be a BIOS that needs reset. When I hear "fried" my first thought is a lazy computer guy.
If it is a BIOS problem, how would I fix it? Right now, the computer is still is several pieces (he was going to charge me to put it back together, and since he said it was done for, I told him to just leave it like it was). I could probably figure out how to get it back together.

I did smell a sort of burning electronics smell not long before it died on me.
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If it is a BIOS problem, how would I fix it? Right now, the computer is still is several pieces (he was going to charge me to put it back together, and since he said it was done for, I told him to just leave it like it was). I could probably figure out how to get it back together.

I did smell a sort of burning electronics smell not long before it died on me.
Fired means MB is done for!

BIOS, found this information, not sure if it will work.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5843019_restore-bios-default-toshiba-laptop.html
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Well if the motherboard's magic smoke got released then it's a goner.

Pretty had to diagnose long distance. I mentioned the BIOS because it does happen (but you won't smell/see smoke. Smoke is a bad thing as we all know.) The code/configuration in the chip gets corrupt but it's just code so can be reset, sometimes easily depending on how Toshiba set it up.
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Well if the motherboard's magic smoke got released then it's a goner.

Pretty had to diagnose long distance. I mentioned the BIOS because it does happen (but you won't smell/see smoke. Smoke is a bad thing as we all know.) The code/configuration in the chip gets corrupt but it's just code so can be reset, sometimes easily depending on how Toshiba set it up.
Never saw smoke, just smelled a faint burning smell. I'll try putting it back together and see if resetting the BIOS helps.

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