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SATA II Controller

by Daniel_in_Iowa / February 21, 2016 8:10 AM PST

I need to find a laptop that will accept my hard drive from my 5 yo laptop. How can I determine whether my drive will fit into the body of a different machine before buying it? I don't want to set it up as an extra drive; I want to replace it temporarily with my old hdd.
I don't know much about the chromebook, but if possible, I would consider one of them - the price is the biggest issue.
Thanks in advance for whatever advice you can offer.

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Re: hard drive
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 21, 2016 8:23 AM PST
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That's a strange request. Newer laptops don't boot from older disks with older OS'es, even if they physically fit (the usual 2.5" SATA disk will fit, presumably). What's the purpose of the whole operation?


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Hard drive
by Daniel_in_Iowa / February 21, 2016 8:31 AM PST
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The drive is loaded with Ubuntu 14.04, and was set up exactly the way I needed when the motherboard failed. Nothing was backed up or documented; booting to it would give me time to transfer my data - as would making it a slave, but that option is far more expensive.

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Re: transfer data
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 21, 2016 10:29 AM PST
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Buy a $20 enclosure for a SATA (I assume) laptop hard drive, put the hard disk in it, and copy everything you need out (to another external disk) after booting into a recent Linux disk or stick.

When ready, and all your data is safe, repartition the external disk (if necessary) for use on Windows.


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This may be a time where ebay is the answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 21, 2016 10:11 AM PST
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Get the exact make/model as what you had and slip the drive into the good laptop.

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