my laptop (HP & v old!) has just died. It's the HD thats developed the fault and it fails at the boot up stage as it can't see the HD. I don't mind that the laptop is dead but as usual I have some items on there that I hadn't managed to back up before it expired. Any ideas....?
Well, if it's the hard drive that died.. then your only solution to getting data off of it is putting it in the freezer for 1 whole day, then putting it in the fridge for 1 whole day, then take it out and leave it for 30 minutes and see if that works. (Make sure it is in a ZipLock bag the entire time.)
After that, try putting it back in and see if it works.
If you want to go to the EXTREME recovery solution... then, you can try buying a hard drive that is 100% IDENTICAL. Then you need to open both hard drives, and carefully move the discs to the new one and position them correctly... this is like.. if you have data that you absolutely have to have... otherwise... I don't think there is much you can do unless you want to try connecting it thru USB to another PC and seeing if that works.
Thanks, I take it by doing the freezer thing you mean I remove the HD, freeze it and then replace back in the laptop and try and start the laptop? Also, could you explain connecting to another PC thro the USB please?