Laptop Data Recovery – Simple Steps To Save Data
If you are among those who carry their laptop wherever they go then you know how frustrated you become when you can not access the data or some application refuses to start. Of course, laptop is only a compact computer so there are more chances for something to fail. And if it happens and you can not log in or you can not copy data from the hard drive it is very likely that the files can be rescued even if you are not a computer expert.
Anything can fail. Display, motherboard, processor, hard drive, keyboard, etc. If the hard drive has failed then you have less chances to get the files but if some other laptop component has failed you are lucky. Not because the laptop does not work, but because all the files are still safely saved on the disk. In order to find out if the disk drive still works you need to open the laptop, remove the disk and connect it to a PC via USB interface.
This method assumes you have another desktop computer that works and has a USB interface. Theoretically you could also attach it directly to the motherboard of the desktop computer but this is not recommended for everybody. You will also need two simple interfaces. The first one is a simple hard drive to USB interface you can buy at any computer store. The second interface is an adapter from 2.5” drives to 3.5” connector or flat cable. If your USB interface already has 2.5” connector then this is all you need.
Now you need to open the laptop to remove the hard drive. Usually it is located at the bottom of the laptop. Simply turn it over, remove the battery (to prevent any electric shocks) and locate the bay where the disk is hiding. By removing few screws you will release the cover and the drive. Gently remove it from the laptop. This is the box that holds your precious files. You still don't know if it works but you are now closer to the solution.
The next step is to connect the hard drive to the USB interface. You may need the 2.5”/3.5” adapter if it is not already on the HDD/USB interface. Make sure the power is also connected. Now plug the interface to your desktop computer. If you have connected everything right and the disk is still working you should see it in the file manager on the desktop PC. It depends on the operating system--in Windows the system first installs driver for the new USB device (usually it will be a mass storage device driver) and then it opens the Explorer with the new disk.
If you can not access the disk check if everything is connected as it should be: hard drive with the USB interface with pin 1 aligned, power, and USB cable. If you still can not access the drive then one of the reasons may be that the hard drive failed. It may be the electronics but there is little you can do. If you still need the data you can find a hard drive data recovery service that can repair the disk and rescue all the files that are not corrupted.
But if you manage to see your laptop disk on the desktop PC you are only one step from saving the files. Simply copy them from the external laptop disk to any other location. That's it. You haven't repaired the laptop but you can access all the files you had on it. Now you can rest and start looking for a new laptop.
In order to prevent such situation when you need to access files from laptop that doesn't work you need to make regular backups. It is so simple to backup files, folders and even whole disks to a CD, DVD, desktop PC and you can even do it over the internet. There are also many sync applications that keep your data synchronized between laptop and desktop computer. Laptop data recovery may be simple as in this case but next time you won't be so lucky. Daily backup can be done in only few minutes and it's free.