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Need to access harddrive contents yet computer is infected

by werner german / November 29, 2009 4:03 AM PST

My laptop got infected by some kind of a virus while installing IE 8 - which tells me that it probably wasn't IE8 to begin with - and now I am not able to load up windows . I've went to a local tech shop and they were able to access the files on my harddrive by connecting it to his computer it using a device . Was it an external harddrive connected to a functional windows program ? How am I able to find such a device should it exist and how much would it cost me ? Thanks . Please elaborate on the options .

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Re: accessing hard disk
by Kees Bakker / November 29, 2009 4:16 AM PST

You can put the hard disk in an external enclosure, or connect it via a USB2-IDE/SATA cable. Your favorite computershow (both online and brick-and-mortar) should sell them. Some 20 euro's.

Kees

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External HDD
by Phil411 / December 1, 2009 3:36 PM PST

Yea so what you need is first identify what kind of harddrive you have. As this is a laptop it is going to a 2.5 inch drive with either a IDE or SATA connection. You can typically get that info from the drive lable. Then had to your local electronics store n purchase a external harddrive case. These run cheap $30 n less. These cases a rather simple and typically connect to a pc through an available usb port. Another option is a toaster. Similar to a case but it simply connects the drive to the computer through a usb or similar port, through a ide/sata to usb bridge.

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