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Major Challenge: Trying to Recover Files, Paste not working, operating system significantly faulty

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  • Laptops
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  • Windows XP
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  • External Hard Drive
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May 3, 2013 11:56:59 AM

So here's the challenge: Try to copy/paste files when Paste doesn't work, Java isn't and can't be installed, many drivers including network & internet don't work, programs don't run and cant be installed.

And here's the history:

I am running Windows XP on my old computer, but the operating system and/or laptop is just generally significantly malfunctioned (which is why THIS is my new laptop). The computer starts up okay, but the "Start" bar at the bottom no longer loads (and the windows button doesn't bring up the "Start" menu), most network functions no longer load, I am also sure a lot of drivers no longer work or load but I'm not positive, also Java Script no longer loads (it doesn't even exist in the Control Panel anymore).

However, the Desktop DOES load, the mouse loads and works, the Keyboard loads and works, I can browse through my files and programs (although the programs don't actually open or run), and the Delete to recycle bin function still works.

My GOAL is to retrieve a select many files from "My Documents" and transfer them to my eternal harddrive. I have tried Copy/Paste via, "Right-click"; "Ctrl+C, & Ctrl+V"; "Drag & Drop"; & "Move Selected Files". But the "Copy" function appears to work, but "Paste" is always greyed-out and that function doesn't work. I looked online and someone said it could be a problem with Java and needing to Update it/enable it. Either way, Java is not installed anymore, and I cannot access it on the internet. Also as I said, programs do not open, don't install either, so transferring from a USB stick wont work.

If I could get "paste" to work, that would be ideal.
Otherwise being able to back-up my files some other way would work too, but ONLY if I can choose exactly which folders, or at the least specify JUST the "My Documents" folder. IE: I don't want to back-up everything.

I also DO NOT have an operating CD to boot from. I know what you're thinking, THAT sucks...

I hope someone is tech savvy enough to solve this dilemma. Best of luck!

Regards,
swim!

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a b D Laptop
May 3, 2013 12:06:53 PM

You could try to mount the desktop's HDD as an external HDD on another computer, using a hard drive dock or an external enclosure. After recovering the files needed, you could go ahead and reinstall the OS, either XP or Ubuntu, if you want.
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May 3, 2013 12:09:39 PM

house70 said:
You could try to mount the desktop's HDD as an external HDD on another computer, using a hard drive dock or an external enclosure. After recovering the files needed, you could go ahead and reinstall the OS, either XP or Ubuntu, if you want.


house, thank you for the suggestion... unfortunately the issue is not mounting an external HDD or reinstalling the OS so much as actually recovering the files.

I already have an external HDD drive and I don't care about my old laptop (its going in the bin after I recover the files), I need help with recovering the files as I am unable to transfer them to the hard drive (or any other device for that matter).
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a b D Laptop
May 3, 2013 7:06:42 PM

I understood that... I was suggesting to remove the HDD from the old system (which I thought was an old desktop - my bad) and mount it on another system as external. You can access the files like that.
After recovering the files, if you decide to bin the laptop (or just the old HDD) I would recommend using a secure erase on that drive. You don't want your data to end up somewhere. I use Killdisk, free version, one-pass zeroing.
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May 4, 2013 5:39:14 AM

house70 said:
I understood that... I was suggesting to remove the HDD from the old system (which I thought was an old desktop - my bad) and mount it on another system as external. You can access the files like that.
After recovering the files, if you decide to bin the laptop (or just the old HDD) I would recommend using a secure erase on that drive. You don't want your data to end up somewhere. I use Killdisk, free version, one-pass zeroing.


Oh okay. I see what you mean now. My mistake on the lack of understanding.
is it still possible for me to mount the old laptop's harddrive to my new laptop and pull the files?
BTW thanks for the "Secure Erase" tip, I had actually forgotten about doing so, being so caught-up in just recovering files.

Can I simply do this by plugging in a twin-male headed USB cord between my old laptop's usb port to my new laptop's usb port?
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a b D Laptop
May 4, 2013 3:06:25 PM

The only way to do it is to physically remove the HDD from the old laptop (you should have access to it from the bottom cover) and then use an adapter (according to the interface of the HDD ) that allows you to connect it as an external drive to a different PC via a USB port (usually). I use a HDD dock for that kind of stuff, for SATA drives, the HDD drops right in the dock and the dock itself connects to the PC via USB.
You can find adapters, as well, I also have a multi-interface adapter (has a separate power supply and ports for PATA, SATA, IDE drives). The contraption is kinda crude, but efficient for older interfaces (PATA or IDE) that don't have docking solutions readily available.
Last resort, you could use an external drive enclosure, put the HDD in it and connect it to the PC. Most expensive and least flexible (have to match the enclosure to the HDD interface, open it up, insert the HDD and connect it, etc.).
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May 8, 2013 1:08:22 AM

House,

Thank you! I will have to buy said adapter, but hey, if its worth it you've got to invest.
Sorry for late reply, but thanks again for your consideration to my question.

Regards,
swim
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a b D Laptop
May 8, 2013 4:23:45 AM

swimSJL said:
House,

Thank you! I will have to buy said adapter, but hey, if its worth it you've got to invest.
Sorry for late reply, but thanks again for your consideration to my question.

Regards,
swim

Well, if it's any consolation, you can always use the adapter in the future for other projects. You can become the HDD-rescue dude for the entire neighborhood. LOL.
Anyways, good luck with this project and let us know if you hit a snag somewhere.
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