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    Hey all. I've tried to this to no avail. Is there anyway to transfer my files from my laptop to my PC without the laptop being on using a cable or otherwise? The problem is, I need those files ASAP because they're my source of extra income (I make music and sell music) but the laptop's battery is dead and the 12V supply won't charge it. I've already sent the laptop back for this same problem about 2 months ago (still under warranty) and it took me a month to get the dang thing back from Gateway. I can't afford to lose another month of work with my deadlines approaching. I know CompUSA and Best Buy do it, but there's no CompUSA within a 200 mile radius and I don't trust Best Buy (I used to work there).

    I knew I should've invested in an external hdd.

  • #2
    do you have a home network?

    and can you clarify this:
    laptop being on using a cable
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    • #3
      Pull the hard drive out of the laptop and put it into a 2.5 hd drive enclosure. The just plug it into your computer and you can get your files.
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      • #4
        http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...nologies%20Inc.

        external enclosure.. got mine from a futureshop for 15$ cdn, so shop around im sure u can find a cheap one

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        • #5
          Originally posted by strohj
          do you have a home network?

          and can you clarify this:
          Sorry. . IIRC, I remember glancing at a product when I was at Best Buy that had a cable (forgot what kind, serial maybe?) that plugs into both computers. I could be completely wrong with that information but that's what I remember. And no, I haven't set up the home network yet. Just my luck I guess.

          Originally posted by romul
          Pull the hard drive out of the laptop and put it into a 2.5 hd drive enclosure. The just plug it into your computer and you can get your files.
          Originally posted by sfay93
          http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...nologies%20Inc.

          external enclosure.. got mine from a futureshop for 15$ cdn, so shop around im sure u can find a cheap one
          Thanks a lot...I dunno how the heck I didn't think about that. I'm headed up to Montreal this weekend hopefully (I'm 2 hours away ), so if the weather's good, I should have this cleared up by Monday.

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          • #6
            you could also get a nice big USB thumb drive...
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            • #7
              I want to know how the guy is going to transfer files to a USB thumb drive or across a network while the laptop is off... As in no power...

              All those who are offering up these grand ideas, please think through the answers you provide before you provide them.

              Your best bet, as suggested, is to pull the HDD out of the laptop, use the appropriate adapter, and install the HDD as a slave in your desktop PC, copy the files off and you're good to go.
              As an additional step, I'd also recommend backing them up to CD or DVD for safekeeping.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by 94legend
                Thanks a lot...I dunno how the heck I didn't think about that. I'm headed up to Montreal this weekend hopefully (I'm 2 hours away ), so if the weather's good, I should have this cleared up by Monday.
                Sick.. i live in mtl haha, if you want that stuff at fair price theres a place in anjou called equipe micro solutions should be directions on the site or call em. its not that easy to find tho :S

                Call them first to be sure they have in stock and for prices
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                514 355-0001

                or you can call acces info tech (better prices)

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                • #9
                  Buy a spare battery so this doesn't happen again. ...or if you have the spare funds, buy a new laptop and ditch that one once you get it fixed.
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                  • #10
                    http://www.mp3car.com/store/product_...products_id=35

                    this is what you need... then you can connect the laptop HD to a desktop system...
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                    • #11
                      Your only option right now is pull the HD off the laptop and put it on an external enclosure and hook up to other computer to transfer. Obviously you can use 2.5" to 3.5" adapter instead of the enclosure.

                      NO other option will work for you unless the laptop is on.
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                      • #12
                        Just for future reference, the cable you're remembering is often called a "LapLink" cable. It is a null modem cable (serial cable with one end's recieve and transmit lines switched), normally bundled with the software LapLink.

                        Not going to help you right now, though,

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MatrixPC
                          Your only option right now is pull the HD off the laptop and put it on an external enclosure and hook up to other computer to transfer. Obviously you can use 2.5" to 3.5" adapter instead of the enclosure.

                          NO other option will work for you unless the laptop is on.

                          yep - head out to your local computer store and get a 2.5" external USB closure.
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                          • #14
                            external enclosure = $40
                            this will give you a hard case to have the hard drive kept in....

                            OR
                            2.5" to 3.5" adapter = $10...
                            this will allow you to temporarily connect ANY laptop drive (including DVD or CDROM) to the desktop IDE and power cables...
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by nadir_s
                              yep - head out to your local computer store and get a 2.5" external USB closure.


                              How interesting. I had to do this today in order to backup a client's hard drive.
                              Works great, but I think the hard drive might be pooched.
                              Meh. It's under warranty.
                              Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                              How about the Wiki?



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