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syracusegrad95

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Can anyone help me? I was trying to install a wireless modem for internet and my laptop died. It won't turn on or anything. I've tried everything and now I've got it connected to my desktop (since I bought a new laptop in the meantime). The problem now is I keep getting a message saying "Operating system not found" or something to that effect. Does anyone know a way that I can retrieve data from this defective drive without having to take it to someone?
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Ok... I'm a little confused with the way you're explaining your problem, so let me get this straight.

Your laptop died
You removed the harddrive from the dead laptop and connected it to your desktop computer.

Is that correct?

If it is... how is the laptop drive connected to the desktop? Is it via a USB external hard drive enclosure?

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Yes you understood what I was doing. It is connected internalling using a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter. It's hooked into the cable for the desktop hard drive. The defective drive appears to have power and I can hear it trying to run but nothing happens because when I start the desktop it complains about the operating system
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Ok, let me understand a little more.

Is the laptop drive the "only" drive connected to the desktop? In other words, did you disconnect your desk top drive and try to boot up the desktop using only the laptop drive?

If you did, this won't work because the configuration settings of the laptop drive reflects the motherboard, video card, sound, etc, of the laptop and doesn't match your desktop configuration. Windows will not boot because of the mismatch.

You need to make sure your desktop hard drive is set to master, and your laptop drive is set to slave. Then you can connect both of them and your desktop will boot to the desktop drive, and you should then be able to see the laptop drive in My Computer.

Then you can try to retrieve your data off the laptop drive.

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Edited by makai, 21 July 2005 - 11:44 PM.

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