Getting your files out of your harddrive

One day my mom was planning to use her computer but when she turned it on, it gave her the black screen of death and several beeps. So she asked me if I could take a look at it. I said OK and when I got it down to my workshop, it still didn’t work . Logically I should take it apart but I couldn’t find what was wrong with it. Everything looked in place: processor,  RAM, power, etc. After switching out the RAM and harddrive, I decided that I just didn’t have the resources to troubleshoot this properly. With a brief phone call to HP support, they said my mom’s laptop was no longer supported and said that I had to replace the parts. I thought about it for a while and with some advice, decided to not replace the parts because since the laptop was over 4 years old, it would be a better deal to buy a new laptop. I thought that this was really weird that it would die all of a sudden but here might be a difference between the Lenovo IBM think pad and the average HP entertainment laptops. 

So since we both agreed that we were not gonna fix the computer, we might as well get all her files and data out. For that, I took out her harddrive and noticed that there was a SATA drive. The only difference was that the one on the laptop was way smaller than the one on a PC. 20 minutes later, I found a good computer and put the harddrive in. When I booted up the computer, it instantly detected the other harddrive without any problems so I went to “My Computer” and saw the 500GB harddrive. When I clicked on the harddrive, I saw all my mom’s files and they were all intact. 

Well, that’s my harddrive disaster story. If you want to hear more stories, I’ll post them every Saturday. 


Angus is the Editor-In-Chief and creator of Technology Is Key. He enjoys tech and business and also runs Adventure Bitcoin.

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