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My desktop is dead, how do I transfer to my new laptop?

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February 5, 2012 12:15:59 PM

Hi,
My desktop is dead, how do I transfer to my new laptop?
Would really appreciate if you can guide me step by step.
Thanks a lot!
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February 5, 2012 12:17:23 PM

Hello xueli79;

What do you want to transfer?
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February 5, 2012 12:20:23 PM

Hi WR2,
I would like to transfer my data which is saved on my desktop to my laptop.
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February 5, 2012 12:27:11 PM

The best way is probably put the hard disk drive from the dead desktop in an external USB adapter.
Then you can plug the USB adapter into your laptop and use it as an external drive, navigate to your Users/YourName/Desktop folder to copy off the files/data there.
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February 5, 2012 12:28:32 PM

How do I do that?
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February 5, 2012 12:33:11 PM

Hi yes that would work. make sure your desktop drive is sata not pata. if its pata then get a pata enclosure. do you know what killed your desktop? if the hard disk has died then you have a problem
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February 5, 2012 12:33:34 PM

So you are saying I should take out the hard disk from my dead desktop, with the help of the adaptor, plug it in my laptop so that I can copy my data over?
Is there another way other than this?
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February 5, 2012 12:34:22 PM

unlikley that you will be able to fit the drive in the lappy so yeah it is the best way to do this.

dont forget though that the hdd is a desktop hdd so you will need an enclosure with its own power supply. as it may not get enough from a laptops usb connectors.. it may work ok but its better to be safe than blowing the usb ports.
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February 5, 2012 12:36:53 PM

xueli79 said:
Is there another way other than this?
Just about any other option requires you to get the desktop running again first.

Make and model of your desktop? About how old is it?
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February 5, 2012 12:37:14 PM

It all sounds too confusing to me... :( 
I suspect my graphic card is spoilt.
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February 5, 2012 12:38:49 PM

WR2 said:
Just about any other option requires you to get the desktop running again first.

Make and model of your desktop? About how old is it?



Is a Dell desktop which I bought in 2006
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February 5, 2012 12:39:35 PM

all 3.5" inclosures need an external power supply as they need a 12v input . laptop drives only need 5v which it can get though usb port. i would maybe plug drive into a friends pc internally to see if it works. if it does you could copy to a usb stick to transfer. i would still get enclosure and use that as a backup
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February 5, 2012 12:40:56 PM

It doesn't get much simpler, sorry.

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February 5, 2012 12:47:07 PM

Is it possible to use a USB easy transfer data cable to transfer the data even though my desktop is dead?
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February 5, 2012 12:49:59 PM

no as your desktop doesnt boot
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February 5, 2012 12:51:18 PM

I see... :( 
Thanks everybody for your help
Really appreciate it!
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February 5, 2012 1:14:47 PM

How sure are you it's a bad graphics card/chip keeping your desktop from booting?
That could be an easy replacement.
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February 5, 2012 1:18:31 PM

WR2 said:
How sure are you it's a bad graphics card/chip keeping your desktop from booting?
That could be an easy replacement.



When I did a reboot on my old desktop, at first it went to the blue screen & after that the whole screen was black & I can see some colour lines flickering. I've tried to plug the monitor using the new laptop & it's working fine.
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February 5, 2012 1:25:37 PM

What model of 2006 Dell do you have?
Does it have a video card installed? Or do you plug your monitor cable into the motherboard video connector?
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February 5, 2012 1:29:16 PM

Is Inspiron DU7670
It should have a video card
I just plugged the monitor & connect to my laptop to test if it's working
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February 5, 2012 1:41:10 PM

DU7670 is a bad model number for 2006
Inspiron 530 maybe?
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February 5, 2012 1:46:40 PM

Does your monitor plug into the video connector on the slot card - just below the speaker connectors?
Or in the black area above the speaker connectors?

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February 13, 2012 12:03:07 AM

Best answer selected by xueli79.
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