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Old 01-16-2011, 03:32 PM   #1
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Any suggestions on how to get the files off a broken laptop to a new one?

Hey guys, got a HUGE problem right now. The laptop I've been using died. I run my website and I have a lot of material on it that I need as most of the files are no longer available to my press accounts. Is there any way to transfer the files from my broken laptop to the new non-broken one? The dilema is that the monitor no longer works, so I can't see a thing, but the laptop itself will still turn on and off.

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Old 01-16-2011, 03:48 PM   #2
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So, is the laptop itself malfunctioning or just the monitor? If it's just the monitor, you could connect the laptop to an external display so that you can transfer documents. I've done this myself when a friend dropped his laptop and shattered the screen. I just used a spare HDMI cable, connected it to my HDTV and the laptop image displayed on the TV. Obviously, this depends what ports your laptop has and whether you can connect it to a TV. If it has a HDMI or VGA port you should be ok.

EDIT: If you can connect it to a display, then just connect an external HDD or USB drive / upload the files you need to the internet and download them onto your new computer.
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:49 PM   #3
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How old is the laptop? Does it have an analog out on the back or side that will allow you to connect it to an external monitor or projector? If so, you may be able to get video that way by cycling though the video output using Function F8 or a similar Function F combination.
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Old 01-16-2011, 03:50 PM   #4
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Do you have a monitor you could plug in to the laptop?

Or maybe you could buy an external hard drive case, then take the old laptop hard drive out and put it in that.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:53 PM   #5
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Yeh I'd be pulling the HDD out and hooking it up to another comp using an enclosure.
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:46 PM   #6
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Only way if the laptop is gone completely is to take out the hard drive. To connect it to your Desktop computer you will need and IDE TO USB 2.0 Adapter. Bought on ebay and other places. If your HDD is Sata then don't worry about this.
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^^ What these guys said:

If your HardDrive is IDE
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If your HardDrive is Sata (and you want it to be use externally)
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If it's Sata and you want to keep it in a PC tower, you can plug it straight into a header on the motherboard and use it as a regular HardDrive
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