Hard drive question

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  1. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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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.

    Thanks.
     
  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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  3. clr8ter

    clr8ter New Member

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    I think your best bet would be to get it out of the old machine, and completely destroy it. Specifically, the platter. That's what's been recommended to me.
     
  4. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    I haven't had to do this in years but see if you can buy an external hard disk enclosure (empty, no drive) that your laptop hard disk will fit in. The internal interface probably is SATA and then the drive will connect to you new LT via USB. If your new LT has USB 3.0 ports then definitely try for that in the empty enclosure. Anyway get the fastest interface you can use. Let us know how it goes.

    Nice to be able to get an external drive using your old HD.
     
  5. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    BTW, what makes you think the MB is fried? Maybe it's a corrupt BIOS? That could be restored?
     
  6. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    How do I know if my hard disk will fit in it? Does it have to be a certain configuration, or just physically big enough for it to fit?

    I'm not very computer literate when it comes to stuff like this. :eek:
     
  7. DLM1114

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    This will work and having a permanent external drive is a good thing. To save a few bucks, you can consider a SATA-to-USB adapter that does the same thing without an enclosure. It's fine for limited or temporary transfers. Cost about $20 to $25.
     
  8. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    I had a computer repair guy look at it. He said it was done for. I could turn the computer on, but all that would happen is the fan (or something) would rev up and down constantly. The screen wouldn't even light up.
     
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    Last edited: Sep 22, 2013
  10. DLM1114

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    Nice price! I would jump on it.
     
  11. ellis36

    ellis36 Well-Known Member Supporter

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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 it’s 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 it’s 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.
     
  12. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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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.
     
  13. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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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.
     
  14. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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  15. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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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.
     
  16. Bigcountry02

    Bigcountry02 Coffee! If your not shaking, you need another cup Supporter

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    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
     
  17. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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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.
     
  18. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Never saw smoke, just smelled a faint burning smell. I'll try putting it back together and see if resetting the BIOS helps.

    Thanks. :)