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HELP Transferring Data from PC to PC w/usb cable & no power

by steph-a-nie / July 1, 2015 10:11 PM PDT

The plug for my computer no longer works so I can't charge my battery and can't get power to it. I got a new computer but am wondering if I can transfer my old files to my new pc using a USB to USB cable. (In other words, will the USB cable be able to provide power so that I can copy my files?) If so, is there a specific type of cable I need to order? THANKS!!!

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Clarification Request
What happens ...
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 1, 2015 11:44 PM PDT

What happens when you change the plug for one that works, or get a new power lead cable and use that?

Short answer to your question; no, connecting a USB cable to a laptop that has no power will not work.

At the very least, the laptop's had drive needs power to spin up so that data can be extracted, but even then the two systems have to speak to each other. That means the laptop needs to be working properly.

There are other ways, but the easiest is to replace that plug.


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Response - It's not the's what's inside
by steph-a-nie / July 6, 2015 9:37 AM PDT
In reply to: What happens ...

Sorry for the delayed response...couldn't figure out how to get back to my question. The internal connection is the thing that isn't working. The cord is fine, but the plug it plugs into has moved around (the housing is cracked and I used to be able to stick my finger inside to put it back in the correct place and it would work) and probably has become disconnected at the internal side. I am (obviously) not a techie, so I don't even know if I opened it up if it is something that I might be able to fix. Unfortunately I don't have a job so I don't have money to take it to someone so they can get my data..that's why I am trying to see if it might be a simple fix. THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!

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Response - Is this easy for a non-techie to do?
by steph-a-nie / July 6, 2015 9:40 AM PDT
In reply to: so, this is a laptop

Sorry for the delay in responding...I couldn't find how to get back to my post. Obviously I am not a techie, so is pulling the drive a relatively simple thing to do? Or do I just need to wait until I can afford to have someone do this for me? THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!!

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Oops...yes, it's a laptop.
by steph-a-nie / July 6, 2015 9:46 AM PDT
In reply to: so, this is a laptop

Sorry...yes, it's a Gateway N214 (I think) and the model number says NEW90. Looks like it was manufactured in 2010 (?).

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Or maybe it's a Gateway NV59
by steph-a-nie / July 6, 2015 9:51 AM PDT
In reply to: so, this is a laptop

Can't tell which is the number you might need to know what type of computer I have. THANKS!!!

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Pretty easy. 2 out of 5 Lightbulb rating.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 6, 2015 10:55 AM PDT
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