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Hard Drive Failure and data recovery


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JessC

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:) please! :)

My Hard drive somehow failed on my new month old HP Pavilion zd8230us notebook computer. It is still under warranty, so I will replace it, but it anyone has any advice on recovering my data as fast as possible and/or the least risky approach, then that will be great. It was suggested that I should buy a device to transfer it to my Desktop using a device that could be found on the following pages:

http://www.extremeco...thardrivad.html

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http://store.yahoo.c...20235hadr.html (which maybe more assessible by using this link: http://store.yahoo.c...enclosure1.html)

Does anyone have any advice about using these cables, as in if they are useful, risky to use, and how to use them. In addition, do you need any software along with this stuff? Or are there better options for saving data within a failed hard drive with no backup, or is all hope lost? Please excuse me, since I am not very computer saavy. Any advice will be appreciated, and if you prefer, you could email me.

Thank you.
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you could either use one of those cables...or get an external usb enclosure for the drive....wither will do the same thing....allow you to access the drive from your desktop computer...i would almost suggest getting the usb enclosure over getting the adapter...so that your desktop doesn't try to boot from that HD for some odd reason.....assuming that it wasn't a catastrophic hardware failure such as a read head coming off of the arm...or the platter getting hosed....then you should be able to get to your files..
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:) Thank you. The one that you highly suggested was the USB 2.0 2.5" 3.5" 5.25" Hard Drive Enclosure IDE Adapter Cable from the following page: http://store.yahoo.c...b20235hadr.html; right?

:) So how do you exactly use it, or does it come with simple instructions?

Again, :tazz: Thank you very much!!
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it should come with pretty good instructions...but basically....you just put the drive in it...and connect it to your machine
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