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What should I do if my computer says this:

by kxaxrxl / March 4, 2007 8:22 AM PST
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Is this a Radio Shack computer?
by Coryphaeus / March 4, 2007 8:35 AM PST

Hint, hint.

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by kxaxrxl / March 4, 2007 8:42 AM PST

no? it is an old ibm laptop. i dont really care if the computer works, all i really wanna know is if it is possible to take out the hard drive so i can get old files off of it?

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You may be able
by PudgyOne / March 4, 2007 8:45 AM PST
In reply to: no

to hook up the hard drive as a slave and get the information off of it. Depends on what part of the hard drive failed.


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Another option is to boot to a Linux live CD...
by linkit / March 4, 2007 12:13 PM PST
In reply to: no

...and copy out your files to other media.

Damn Small Linux

Just curious--what laptop model, what OS?

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Highly doubt it is standard ide.
by strickjh2005 / March 4, 2007 2:44 PM PST

Ususally some mini ide crap. You need the pin layouts from the manufacturer to hack your own ide for it.

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Yes, you can take it out...
by Edward ODaniel / March 5, 2007 2:21 AM PST
In reply to: no

but as to whether you can access any files on it depends on whether the drive's failure is the cause of the message (a dead drive) or if the message is caused by an interface error or corrupt CMOS.

After getting the drive out of the laptop you can discover whether it is IDE, SCSI (not too probable) or if a real old laptop even MFM (Modified Frequency Modulation) or RLL (Run-Length Limited).

Once you have discovered the type you can find an adapter that will allow it to be installed on another computer either as a slave or as an external drive (although SCSI, MFM, and RLL would also require locating and installing a suitable paddle card).

If it is IDE an adapter such as this one is what you would need.
Connects a 2.5in hard drive to standard IDE connector. Retrieve files from a laptop that won't start up!

Have you tried booting it from the floppy to see if it finds the floppy and have you taken a look at the CMOS settings as they would indicate (by the clock) whether the CMOS battery might be dead and causing all the problems?

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