hard drives

How can I get data off an old hard drive?

Episode 1561

Don from Doylestown, OH

Don's dad left him an old Windows 98 computer and he has to get data off it. But the laptop won't boot up due to a hard drive issue. What can he do? Leo says a hard drive can wear out and it may be that the drive is dead. But it could also be that it simply won't boot up. It's just getting flakey with critical sectors, meaning that the data is still there. So Leo says to stop trying to boot it up. That'll only make it worse. Take the drive out and get an external drive case or a universal drive adapter and use it as a data drive. NewerTek makes a great one.

How can I get data off an old hard drive?

Hard drives

Episode 1558

Jim from Escondido, CA

Jim has a few old laptops that died on him. What can he do with him? Can he recycle them? What about the data on the old hard drives? Leo says he can pull out the hard drives before he donates them. Also, older laptops often will work on the AC adapter by taking out the battery. If it works without the battery installed, then he can move them over to another drive or thumb drive. But he shouldn't get rid of those old hard drives. That's a security risk.

Can I transfer files from a dead computer?

Newertech USB Universal Drive Adapter

Episode 1558

Larry from Long Beach, CA

Larry's computer died and he has to buy a new computer. How can he move data from his old computer to his new computer when the old computer is dead? Leo says to go to Newertech.com and pick up their Universal Drive Adapter. This will allow Larry to take the old drive out of the computer and connect it to his new computer. He can open it as a drive on his new computer and just copy the missing data over. But if the drive isn't functioning any longer, he could be out of luck.

How can I get data off an old hard drive?

Newertek Universal Drive Adapter

Episode 1551

Duke from Redondo Beach, CA

Duke wants to get data off an old external hard drive that's stopped working. Leo says the drive is probably fine, but the enclosure has most likely died. Leo suggests using the NewerTech Universal Drive adapter. He can connect the drive to his computer with the adapter, and then he'll be able to access it like a regular hard drive. Then it's a simple drag and drop. He may have to break open the plastic tabs to get into the enclosure, though.

How can I transfer my hard drive data to an new drive?

Hard drives

Episode 1542

Jim from Calabasas, CA

Jim is getting a new hard drive to replace his old one. How can he transfer everything over? Leo says that his hard drive will come with an app that will enable him to make a bit-for-bit, sector-by-sector copy from the old drive to the new drive. But Leo also recommends getting an SSD for his OS and programs, and then use a standard spinning hard drive for his data.

How can I get data off a really old hard drive?

VGA

Episode 1538

Tyler from Oklahoma City, OK

Tyler has a 20-year-old computer and he needs to get some data off the hard drive. He's having trouble finding a port to connect his video monitor to. He doesn't have VGA. Leo says he'll have to have a VGA port because that was the standard back then. If there's no VGA, then it could be a server. But he may be able to find an old video card to plug into it.

Leo recommends just getting a hard drive enclosure for it. He'll need an IDE model. Then he can connect it via USB to his current computer. That's far easier than trying to connect everything to it to see what's on it.

Why can't I read my Western Digital portable hard drive?

Western Digital MyPassport

Episode 1538

Ron from Westminster, CA

Ron bought a Western Digital Passport USB hard drive and he's having issues with it. Ron can see it in the device manager, but he can't access it on the computer. Leo says that a USB connected drive only means the computer can see the device. Doesn't mean it can read it. Drives do die, and sometimes they die sooner rather than later. That's why Leo recommend SSD drives for the main drive and a spinning drive for data. It sounds like his drive has simply died.