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Can't get files off laptop

My laptop was running fine until someone stepped on a USB connector that had something plugged into it, causing the USB ports to become very bent. Then, whenever I tried to move files around, the computer would freeze up. Now, Windows won't even start without freezing. I've used a LiveCD of Linux to make disc images of everything I need off it, but neither Linux nor Windows will move the files to removable media. What should I do? I have Windows 98 SE.

Thank you!

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Connect with Ethernet, Wifi or yank the drive out.

In reply to: Can't get files off laptop

There are many other ways to get your files out.

-> Are you writing you don't backup?

-> Except in an emergency?


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In reply to: Connect with Ethernet, Wifi or yank the drive out.

Actually, no, I don't usually backup... I will now!

I think I'll just take out the drive. Thanks!

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Here's the adapter I use.

In reply to: Thanks!

This under 4$ adapter (probably available all over?) at has made such retrievals fairly painless. I put the drive in that adapter, put it on the second IDE channel all alone on a desktop and scrape the files off (I copy them off.)


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