My family is in a bit of a bind here. The family desktop computer stopped responding a couple weeks ago. It will turn on, but it will not recognize any type of input from any mouse or any keyboard we have in the house. It just turns on and we're stuck on the select user screen. This is a problem, obviously, but not the problem that's foremost. The real problem is we cannot access the hard drive, which has needed information for taxes and such.
Not being as computer savvy as some people, I can think of only one of two options:
1. Take out the hard drive and put it in the other desktop computer we have which is not connected to the internet.
2. Connect the hard drive to my laptop (What I'm using right now.)
I did a search through the forums and read a bunch of stuff about putting a laptop hard drive into a desktop and such, but nothing about the other way around. I'm sure I can google the mess out of moving the hard drive over to the other desktop and find my answer, but I'm having trouble finding the answer to connecting the desktop hard drive to my laptop. I read a little snippet about making it a 'slave' on my laptop, but didn't understand what it was trying to tell me.
So, the long and short of it is: Can we attach the desktop hard drive to my laptop so we can get the information we need? Or are we better off trying to move the hard drive to the other desktop which is not connected the the internet?
My laptop is a HP Pavilion dv6000 Entertainment PC running windows vista if this helps anything.
Thank you for you time,