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Backing up files from one laptop to another

by Kurichan1621 / October 22, 2014 3:26 AM PDT

I have an HP that hit the floor last night and fractured its display. The hard drive is still functioning but I can't navigate--the visuals are all shards and splinters. I want to back it up onto my other laptop (Sony) but I don't know, is it possible to extract files from the broken laptop through commands from the working laptop? Can I access its hard drive the same way I would any external storage device? I'm pretty sure the hard drive in question is undamaged.

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This is where a no-tool USB case is handy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 22, 2014 3:42 AM PDT
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Plug-in ext. monitor
by Willy / October 24, 2014 1:25 AM PDT

If you have access to another monitor that uses your laptop ext. monitor port then you can use that to retrieve any data you require for the time being. You can then remove HD as Robert offered to retrieve and/or continue to use the HD on another PC as "extended storage" not a bootable one.

If you use an ext. monitor then you can use a laplink or MS similar cable(easy transfer) for file transfer from PC-PC. The link below explains what it looks like. Such cables are readily found at Wallyworld or any office supply outlet like Staples, etc.. Doing this and using the supplied s/w or that probably already present on a MS-based OS or gotten from MS for the OSes involved and instructions is easily done once the cable is purchased. Many provide the MS as part of the cable buy.

tada -----Willy Happy

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