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    Computer Hard Drive Question

    Ok, so my hard drive on my HP crashed about 6 months ago or so...maybe longer? Anyways, it really hasn't effected me until tonight, when I was getting ready to do my taxes. I thought I had copied my 2007 turbo tax return (I did not do it on-line. I did it from the disk). But, when I grabbed the disk, I only had 2004, 2005, and 2006 on it.

    So, my question is how impossible is it to retrieve information from the hard drive. 2nd question is how expensive it is to do that? 3rd, I guess would be where would I take it?



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    Re: Computer Hard Drive Question

    Laptop or desktop? if it is a desktop, try sticking it in another computer (still boot off of the main drive), and see if there is anything there....unless it is dead - as in, wont power up, etc.



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    Re: Computer Hard Drive Question

    Quote Originally Posted by crash_zone View Post
    Laptop or desktop? if it is a desktop, try sticking it in another computer (still boot off of the main drive), and see if there is anything there....unless it is dead - as in, wont power up, etc.
    It is a laptop. It turns on, but just kinda clicks, trying to boot up...forever...



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    Re: Computer Hard Drive Question

    You might be able to hook it in a different machine and read from it (don't boot from it though). If the drive is relatively new, it's a SATA laptop drive and most new desktop machines will be able to connect.

    If it's older, you'll need a converter cable to attach it to an EIDE connector.



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    Re: Computer Hard Drive Question

    Check Turbo Taxes website. If you did it online you definately can get a copy there. If you did it with the software you still may be able to get it. I seem to remember when I switched from software to online it still had all of my old returns.



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    Re: Computer Hard Drive Question

    Quote Originally Posted by TykeClone View Post
    You might be able to hook it in a different machine and read from it (don't boot from it though). If the drive is relatively new, it's a SATA laptop drive and most new desktop machines will be able to connect.

    If it's older, you'll need a converter cable to attach it to an EIDE connector.
    It depends on what you mean by new or old. I bought the laptop that crashed in 2005. It is HP. I have a new laptop that I bought about 3 months ago. Another HP. I also have an older desktop that could be used.

    So, what exactly would I need to do this?



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    Re: Computer Hard Drive Question

    This happened to me a little while ago, my hard drive crashed, but it wasn't totally dead, just dead enough to not boot the comp. Anyways, I got an external hard drive case, pulled out my "bad" hard drive, plugged it into the case, and connected it to another computer. I was able to retrieve some info, but not all. External cases only cast ~$40-50 and you just plug it in and go. If you go this route, make sure you get the correct case, one that matches up with your harddrive.


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    Re: Computer Hard Drive Question

    Hmm. Ok. That sounds easy enough. Though, I'm sure I will probably by the incorrect one at least once...



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    Re: Computer Hard Drive Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    Check Turbo Taxes website. If you did it online you definately can get a copy there. If you did it with the software you still may be able to get it. I seem to remember when I switched from software to online it still had all of my old returns.
    I was on there, and checked around for awhile, and finally e-mailed them. They said that the only option for me, since I did not use on-line previously, was to contact the IRS. I would rather not draw attention to myself, since my taxes aren't exactly in line.



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    Re: Computer Hard Drive Question

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    This happened to me a little while ago, my hard drive crashed, but it wasn't totally dead, just dead enough to not boot the comp. Anyways, I got an external hard drive case, pulled out my "bad" hard drive, plugged it into the case, and connected it to another computer. I was able to retrieve some info, but not all. External cases only cast ~$40-50 and you just plug it in and go. If you go this route, make sure you get the correct case, one that matches up with your harddrive.
    That might be the way to go.When I trashed our old computers I put the old harddrives in one of these boxes and the files read out fairly easy. I thought the box cost $30. I bought it from DIT Computers. Actually I own two of them.


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    Re: Computer Hard Drive Question

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    This happened to me a little while ago, my hard drive crashed, but it wasn't totally dead, just dead enough to not boot the comp. Anyways, I got an external hard drive case, pulled out my "bad" hard drive, plugged it into the case, and connected it to another computer. I was able to retrieve some info, but not all. External cases only cast ~$40-50 and you just plug it in and go. If you go this route, make sure you get the correct case, one that matches up with your harddrive.
    Can you recommend a brand and/or where you got yours? Thanks for your help!



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    Re: Computer Hard Drive Question

    I sat my laptop on an ice pack for about 20 mins, then booted up in safe mode. I left the computer on the ice pack the entire time. I was able to get all the files I need. Once I took the ice pack of the hard drive and kept trying to work it crashed again. From what I understand when your HD gets hot it expands and starts to rub and not spin so well, by keeping it cool you can keep it from expanding.

    It was the cheapest fix that I found and it worked.



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    Re: Computer Hard Drive Question

    Quote Originally Posted by mcnemat View Post
    I sat my laptop on an ice pack for about 20 mins, then booted up in safe mode. I left the computer on the ice pack the entire time. I was able to get all the files I need. Once I took the ice pack of the hard drive and kept trying to work it crashed again. From what I understand when your HD gets hot it expands and starts to rub and not spin so well, by keeping it cool you can keep it from expanding.

    It was the cheapest fix that I found and it worked.
    I actually did try that once upon a time. However, I actually put the hard drive in a baggie in the freezer for 24 hours. Still no dice when I went to start it up again. I guess I could try that again one more time and let it set on the ice pack while trying it before giving up. Or, just use it while it sits in the freezer. ;-)



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    Re: Computer Hard Drive Question

    Quote Originally Posted by AnkenyCy24 View Post
    Can you recommend a brand and/or where you got yours? Thanks for your help!
    I just went and picked one up at Best Buy, because I needed it ASAP. However, if you have time, you can find cheaper ones over the internet. As for brands, I'm not really sure on good ones, so I don't want to give out false information.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AnkenyCy24 View Post
    Can you recommend a brand and/or where you got yours? Thanks for your help!
    Oh, P.S. - A good website I like to look at for computer hardware is.. Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
    Reasonably priced.
    Like I said before, if you aren't sure on what kind of case matches up with your hard drive, you can take it into the best buy geek squad and they will tell you exactly what to get for free.


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