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Hard Drive Swap??

by paperboyrich / March 19, 2004 2:11 PM PST

Are their other notebook brands or models that could operate off the hard-drive currently in my Gateway 450ROG -- a 60 GB Toshiba MK6021 GAS? Does it ever work?

The backlight on my notebook screen went out (notebook just 6 months old), I apparently have to send it in for warranty repairs, but meanwhile I am in an active job search and can't afford to be without my email and files for 7-10 days. I'm thinking about perhaps renting / borrowing another laptop / pc that will allow me to keep working and give me access to the info on my current hard drive.

Other ideas welcome?


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Re:Hard Drive Swap??
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 19, 2004 10:41 PM PST
In reply to: Hard Drive Swap??

With XP's activation scheme, this is doomed to failure. Your best bet would be an USB 2.0 drive enclosure and hope for the best that the loaner laptop will read the data ok.

But you may be revealing you haven't learned that hard disks are temporary storage media. In less than one second, hard drive contents just vanish.

If you were maintaining your backup, you would not be asking such a question.

Time to re-think what the issues are. Again, most burn before they learn. Your choice.


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Re:Re:Hard Drive Swap?? + backup
by paperboyrich / March 20, 2004 2:07 AM PST
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Thank You! Sounds like the external harddrive might be the way to go -- or at least try.

note -- My data backups are current, but are spread across a couple dvd's -- constrained by the fact that apparently the XP Professional back-up utility doesn't chain dvd's together automatically if the complete back-up doesn't fit on a single dvd. Is there a workaround?

Another backup irritant -- My backup utility won't write directly to a DVD but requires me to write the backup file to my desktop and then copy that file to a dvd. That 'works' but doesn't allow incremental backups to DVD, since I have to run the incremental back on the desktop file - and copy that new file to a new dvd. Probably is a better way, but haven't figured it out . . .

lots of details to work out . . .

thanks for listening. Comments welcome!

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No fix for NTbackup.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2004 2:52 AM PST

But let me reveal that NTbackup is rather proprietary. I have for years now moved to simply keeping directories in My Documents to under 700MB and with my DVD RW, less than 4.4GB each. Then I can just use Nero to erase my DVD+R/W media and record my backup. I now cycle around 3 backup "sets."

A few minor other items and I can move to a new machine in about an hour. Programs get installed as I need them, but the My Documents is just a copy operation.

The external USB 2.0 drive cases are not very expensive.


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Re:Hard Drive Swap??
by rd400d77 / March 22, 2004 7:28 AM PST
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Many ThinkPads can support a second hard drive in an adapter that swaps with the CD drive, in fact I'm using one right now in the UltraBase of my TP-570E.

There are also external drive enclosures, some connect via PCMCIA, USB or Firewire. They're easy to find on eBay but likely to NOT be at your local computer store.

Most external bays are for the larger 3 1/2" form factor drives foung in fesktop, the IDE connector is different.

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