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Laptop broke, trying to transfer files to new desktop

I have a dell inspiron 8000. Recently, the computer just stopped running. When it is turned on, the startup screen will come up and the computer will shut off a few seconds later. Depending on how long it has been turned off, it will take differing amounts of time before it shuts down. I just got a new dell xps 400. is there a way to transfer the information from my laptop hard drive such as music, pictures, and files to my desktop hard drive without having to bring it somewhere and spend over $100 on it?

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Depends...

In reply to: Laptop broke, trying to transfer files to new desktop

If the hard drive is fine, then you could purchase and inexpensive USB hard drive enclosue. Placing the old hard drive in the enclosure, then plugging it in to the new computer might allow you to easily transfer files but unfortunately, you haven't told the operating system involved or any of the troubleshooting procedures you've used to try and get the old machine running.

Can you access the BIOS in the old machine?

Have you taken the cover off and blown out all the dust and junk with compressed air?

Will it start in Safe Mode?

Since it may simply be a power supply issue, have you thought about replacing the power supply?

If using Windows XP, have you tried using the "Last Known Good Congiguration"?

Hope this helps and let us know more.

Grif

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can work, if...

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Since this is a Dell, you will need the adapter for the small HD form factor to mount it as a 2nd on your desktop. The problem because its a Dell laptop, they used a special laptop connector itself and tends to be a nuinance in all this. You can still try but you have to be sure what you have. You need to take the laptop HD out and look at it. Most adapters out ther for 2.5 media factor will work, but again because its Dell used HD as explained above will determine the success. If plain 2.5 HD, plain 2.5 adapter then mount to desktop as 2nd HD and swap data over as required. Check online vendors for such adapters, I believe www.geeks.com carrys one for starters.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Why not repair the notebook

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See the note in red when you post.

Note: If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem.

Tell more about the laptop, especially what operating system on both machines. Any error messages, exactly as they appear on the screen. As Grif indicated, it may a simple fix.

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