Well, the best way to get the data off will likely be to pull the hard drive, put it in an enclosure, and plug that into the desktop. Unless you have an ultra compact PC, the HDDs in it will be 3.5 inch. Thusly, the 2.5" notebook drive won't install in it. You can get a 2.5" enclosure for about 20-30 dollars. Through there, you can get your files off, format the drive, then put it back in the laptop and re-install windows. If you made an image of the drive, use the migration wizard, or just drag and drop your files back to the laptop from the desktop. Good chance to upgrade the hard drive too! If you post your laptops specs, Im sure someone here can tell you how to get out the drive.
The Ethernet meathod didn't work because you need Windows or another OS running for the networking to work.
Hope this helps!
My wife's laptop has crashed. Has been locking up for about a week and now when you reboot, it stops dead right after the windows splash screen, goes to a black screen with the cursor in the middle of the black screen.
I'm trying to figure out the best way to get the data off the hard drive and onto another computer until we can get her another laptop. I've read a number of googles about hooking two computers together w/ ethernet cables and that hasn't worked. The only thing I can think of is to find a way to remove the hard drive from the laptop and temporarily install it in a desktop I have sitting around. I just don't know the best way or anyway to do this.
Anyone got any ideas?