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Posted: 3/29/2009 8:03:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 8:05:35 PM EDT by urbankaos04]
I have a DELL INSPIRION 5100 that's about 6 years old. It's been a faithful machine, but has been having a lot of issues as of late. Namely, the computer will begin to freeze up after 15 minutes of use. I let McAffe expire and got lazy about updating other protection stuff, so I'm sure that has something to do with it.

At any rate, I just want to make sure I can transfer all the pictures and word docs that are on the HD before the DELL goes tits up. I'm going to buy a new laptop, so I don't care about "fixing" the Dell. But, maybe, I do need to see what's going on with the machine, so it doesn't blow up before I can save all the data that I want. Hmm.

So, what's the best way to do this? I was thinking of buying an external HD to transfer all the data I want, so I can transfer it to the new machine when I get it. Whaddya think?

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 8:05:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 8:32:10 PM EDT
Have you used it yourself? Seems like there are some issues with it, but the posters have been able to deal with it.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 8:37:29 PM EDT
If you are comfortable pulling the hard drive out of the laptop, which is not hard, then Evilsmurfkilla is correct, that is a great option. If you are having hardware problems, the computer will probably lock up during the file transfer to the external drive and it will be a long painful process. The hard drive could be dying and the more booting up, pc locking up and rebooting will only quicken the final demise of the hard drive, then you'll never get your data off. Again, that might not be the problem but no need in taking chances. IMO your best bet is going to be the IDE to USB adapter that was posted above. It's very very simple and basically turns your internal laptop drive into an external hard drive that you can connect to another pc and transfer you data off of it.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 8:58:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 8:59:11 PM EDT by urbankaos04]
Okay, I'll go with Evilsmurfkilla's suggestion, because I don't know how much longer the DELL is gonna last. The computer works for about 15 minutes, or less, then starts to freeze up. I'll click on something then the computer will get "stuck," which requires a complete shutdown of the system in order to get the computer working again for a short period of time.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:03:54 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 9:08:32 PM EDT by urbankaos04]
Okay, so, basically, I just plug the thing into the dying DELL and the USB end to a working laptop and PRESTO?
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:07:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Evilsmurfkilla:
Buy one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002


Yep.

FWIW I own a managed IT services company. This is essentially the way we do it when a VIP laptop goes south and said VIP has not done backups for 90 days.

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:08:54 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:10:02 PM EDT
Well, good to hear. I just hope that I'll be able to pull the data that I want/need without any issues.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:12:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 9:19:18 PM EDT by urbankaos04]
Originally Posted By brouhaha:
Originally Posted By urbankaos04:
Okay, so, basically, it just plug the thing into the dying DELL and then the USB into another maching and transfer the data I want to the working computer???


No. You yank the hard drive out of the Dell, hook it up to that device, then plug it into your new computer. Then manually transfer the files you want.


Weeeell, it shouldn't be too hard.


ETA: And I 'm thinking that the DELL is having fits due to a virus or some crap, not the hardware itself.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:16:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 9:22:25 PM EDT by WinstonSmith]
Four screws to get the drive free. Trained monkeys could do it. Untrained monkeys too, but they get poop on it.

ETA- if the drive from the Dell is good, you can get an external enclosure for it like this. The adapter cable shown above is more useful for a shop or geek where they're going to be tossing a variety of drives on and off the adapter. An enclosure is a little cheaper and will allow more convenient access to the one drive you need to work with.

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:18:40 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:20:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Forest:
Originally Posted By urbankaos04:
Have you used it yourself? Seems like there are some issues with it, but the posters have been able to deal with it.


These guys suggested the same thing to me last year or so. I took their advice and was able to save my wife's patient data on her laptop. IMHO it's a great tool.


Cool. Gonna order one now. Let's see how it goes.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:33:58 PM EDT
Just ordered it.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 9:48:20 PM EDT
Dont be stupid on this. You can transfer a virus and malware right along with your files. Clean that puppy good!
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 10:07:03 PM EDT
ok heres what you do:

1) Never buy dell.
2) NEVER buy a dell laptop.
3) If all you have is word documents and picture, there is no reason why you can't just burn the files to a few disks (unless you don't have a burner).
4) If you can't do #3, buy an external HD not because it is the only option, but because they are cheap and you will love having one. But unless you store a fair amount of information, its may not be worth it to you.
5) NEVER BUY DELL.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 10:23:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 10:24:05 PM EDT by urbankaos04]
Originally Posted By djm227:
ok heres what you do:

1) Never buy dell.
2) NEVER buy a dell laptop.
3) If all you have is word documents and picture, there is no reason why you can't just burn the files to a few disks (unless you don't have a burner).
4) If you can't do #3, buy an external HD not because it is the only option, but because they are cheap and you will love having one. But unless you store a fair amount of information, its may not be worth it to you.
5) NEVER BUY DELL.


My Dell laptop served me well. I dropped the ball but not updating anti-virus software and not doing a good jop defending against stuff. Plus, porn site sure do "F" computers, don't they! But, seriously, the DELL lasted for about 6 years. Not too shabby.

Link Posted: 3/29/2009 10:24:50 PM EDT
Originally Posted By M4-Stag:
Dont be stupid on this. You can transfer a virus and malware right along with your files. Clean that puppy good!


Hmm. What would you use to "clean" up stuff?
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 10:27:18 PM EDT
When's the last time you cleaned out your vents?

The inspiron 5100 and 5150 have a known issue of dust collecting on the heat sinks within the computer, causing it to overheat, slow down, and eventually shut down until it cools off.

I've got a 5100 myself, and have to give it a shot of compressed air weekly.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 10:29:54 PM EDT
Originally Posted By urbankaos04:
Originally Posted By M4-Stag:
Dont be stupid on this. You can transfer a virus and malware right along with your files. Clean that puppy good!


Hmm. What would you use to "clean" up stuff?


Your new computer should have some virus protection/scanning program. Just scan the entired contents of the old drive when you hook it up to the new computer.

Also, you might have to take control (change permissions) of the files on the old hard drive before you can access/copy the data.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 10:31:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/29/2009 10:32:19 PM EDT by urbankaos04]
Thanks.
Link Posted: 3/29/2009 10:34:07 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Evilsmurfkilla:
Buy one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002

After my hard drive took a shit last year, I've kept one of these at hand ever since...
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