Over at http://www.geeks.com/products_sc.asp?cat=1027 I see 5 USB cases for under 10 bucks. I slip the old laptop drive into that and get my data out.
Screen on my old Dell Inspiron pooped out, not going to fix.The computer still turns on, and I can hear things working when I power it on, but nothing on the screen. Have replaced it with a Lenovo laptop, soon to be arriving. Was told to get Windows XP on it to facilitate the transfer, can upgrade later if necessary.
QUESTION: How do I get the data fom my old laptop to the new, if the screen on the old is not working, but the computer seems to be? I went to the Apple store and they copied the old HD to a backup HD, but some have told me I might be able to get it right off my old laptop. What can I bring from my old HD...Files? programs? Will I need to re-install programs like Microsoft Office or Itunes?
Sorry...really dumb questions, I'm sure, but would appreciate any help or resources. Most of the stuff I have found on the web pertains to dead computers, & I have heard the transfer can be accomplished more cheaply for a computer that still powers on.