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post #1 of 9 Old 06-07-2014, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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Want files off my old laptop

So I have an older HP laptop that I just adored and had for a good 5 or 6 years before the drivers went out on it. The laptop will boot up, but the keyboard, touchpad and USB ports do not work.

There are A LOT of files on my old laptop that I want back. Stories, tons of pictures, and music.

Does anyone have a step-by-step of how to retrieve those files...or better yet, how to restore the drivers on the laptop? I love this laptop and cried when the drivers went out.

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-07-2014, 01:15 AM
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Is it a windows machine? Try starting it in safe mode.
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It is a Windows laptop (XP).

The problem with starting it in safe mode is that the keyboard doesn't work, so I can't press F8 to get it into safe mode.

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The hardware not working is either a killer, or an easy fix by opening up the laptop.
A detailed, step-by-step "how to fix everything" would take a long time to type out. Like, a LONG time. Mostly because it could be a number of things wrong.

Why not just pop the hard drive out, copy it, and stick it in your new laptop? Then you'll have everything you had before.

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Jumper, I'm open to anything just to get those files. even just a good website our YouTube video as a "how-to".
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A search on YouTube could get you somewhere :) if all else fails, you could always take it to a shop to have them remove and copy the hard drive. You could also do it yourself with the help of YouTube! You'd have to buy a hard drive copy machine though.

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My suggestions would be take it to a techy shop to get the files copied onto a cd/dvd or flash drive (also known as thumb drive); or go to a used computer place and see if you can buy a working model of the same HP as you have and then swap out the hard drives.

I know this is after the fact, but one should always diligently back their data up on to a second source to survive catastrophes like this (believe me - this is the voice of experience speaking here).
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Chevaux, I do that now. Anything I don't want lost is on a thumb drive (that I have a bad habit of misplacing).

I called a computer shop to see how much it would be to recover the files and was quoted $80-100.
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Chevaux, I do that now. Anything I don't want lost is on a thumb drive (that I have a bad habit of misplacing).

I called a computer shop to see how much it would be to recover the files and was quoted $80-100.
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That's really not too bad considering the amount of risk involved in doing it yourself. You could very very easily make a mistake and lose all the data. I would just pay the fee.
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