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Memory error in Thinkpad 760ED

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I use an old Thinkpad 760ED at work - it has some files I really need to get to, but it has just developed a memory error. I see that I can still buy base memory and additional memory, but how do I know if that will get me up long enough to get my files off? Error codes on test are as follows: mem error 0301 DEV 002 Err 83 FRU 2010

I am over my head! Can anyone help?
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If it has more than one stick of memory you can take one or two out, depending on the system, till all the memory is good, then you should be able to use the machine, albeit at reduced performance. In some machines the memory is installed in pairs. That will save you from buying memory.
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If you can't get the laptop to work with reduced memory, as Tyger suggested etc, then you can still recover the files on the hard drive without the laptop being functional.

All you need to go is buy an external 2.5" drive caddy. This will allow you to remove the drive from the laptop, place it in the caddy then connect the caddy to any computer via a USB port. From there you should be able to transfer the data over to that computers hard drive.

Heres an example of the sort of thing I mean :
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