Retrieving laptop HD data: Success!


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cameo

I thought I might give you guys an update on my earlier thread.
That newertech Universal Drive Adapter, one of you recommended (I'm not
sure who,)
arrived today and I put it to the test right away. It worked like a
champ and made my
laptop drive perfectly accessible as a USB drive. All the files are
there, seemingly intact.
I only wish I would have known about this terrific gizmo before I
ventured into two different
and useless drive enclosures from Frys. But I write it off as a tuition
fee.
My new Win8 laptop should also arrive in a couple days and then I can
selectively move
files from the old laptop drive to the new one. I just need to figure
out the data file locations
of several apps, such as Thunderbird and the Chrome browser. But if the
Win 8 mail client
and browser is pretty good, I might use them instead of Thunderbird and
Chrome, providing
I could also convert the data to them.

Anyway, thanks guys for all the help, especially to the guy who
mentioned the newertech
kit.

http://www.newertech.com/products/usb3_universaldriveadap.php
 
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Paul

cameo said:
I thought I might give you guys an update on my earlier thread.
That newertech Universal Drive Adapter, one of you recommended (I'm not
sure who,)
arrived today and I put it to the test right away. It worked like a
champ and made my
laptop drive perfectly accessible as a USB drive. All the files are
there, seemingly intact.
I only wish I would have known about this terrific gizmo before I
ventured into two different
and useless drive enclosures from Frys. But I write it off as a tuition
fee.
My new Win8 laptop should also arrive in a couple days and then I can
selectively move
files from the old laptop drive to the new one. I just need to figure
out the data file locations
of several apps, such as Thunderbird and the Chrome browser. But if the
Win 8 mail client
and browser is pretty good, I might use them instead of Thunderbird and
Chrome, providing
I could also convert the data to them.

Anyway, thanks guys for all the help, especially to the guy who
mentioned the newertech
kit.

http://www.newertech.com/products/usb3_universaldriveadap.php
That's got an interesting set of power configurations.

http://www.newertech.com/downloads/universaldriveadapter_usb3.pdf

It uses the included power adapter, for all configurations except
usage with 2.5" IDE drives. You'd think they did such a fine job
with all the other configurations, they would have set it up to
use the adapter for the 2.5" IDE as well.

If I had to guess, it's the usage of a power adapter that made
the difference to your SATA drive.

The fact that it uses USB3 on the interface is nice, as that will
do a better job, even when connected to a USB2 port. (I have one
USB3 device here, and on a USB2 port it does 35MB/sec. Which is
better than your typical USB2 device on USB2 interface might be
able to do.)

Paul
 
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richard

I thought I might give you guys an update on my earlier thread.
That newertech Universal Drive Adapter, one of you recommended (I'm not
sure who,)
arrived today and I put it to the test right away. It worked like a
champ and made my
laptop drive perfectly accessible as a USB drive. All the files are
there, seemingly intact.
I only wish I would have known about this terrific gizmo before I
ventured into two different
and useless drive enclosures from Frys. But I write it off as a tuition
fee.
My new Win8 laptop should also arrive in a couple days and then I can
selectively move
files from the old laptop drive to the new one. I just need to figure
out the data file locations
of several apps, such as Thunderbird and the Chrome browser. But if the
Win 8 mail client
and browser is pretty good, I might use them instead of Thunderbird and
Chrome, providing
I could also convert the data to them.

Anyway, thanks guys for all the help, especially to the guy who
mentioned the newertech
kit.

http://www.newertech.com/products/usb3_universaldriveadap.php
I used one made by Belkin that worked quite well.
Just plug it in between two machines and they talk to each other in a snap.
 
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philo 

I thought I might give you guys an update on my earlier thread.
That newertech Universal Drive Adapter, one of you recommended (I'm not
sure who,)
arrived today and I put it to the test right away. It worked like a
champ and made my
laptop drive perfectly accessible as a USB drive. All the files are
there, seemingly intact.
I only wish I would have known about this terrific gizmo before I
ventured into two different
and useless drive enclosures from Frys. But I write it off as a tuition
fee.
My new Win8 laptop should also arrive in a couple days and then I can
selectively move
files from the old laptop drive to the new one. I just need to figure
out the data file locations
of several apps, such as Thunderbird and the Chrome browser. But if the
Win 8 mail client
and browser is pretty good, I might use them instead of Thunderbird and
Chrome, providing
I could also convert the data to them.

Anyway, thanks guys for all the help, especially to the guy who
mentioned the newertech
kit.

http://www.newertech.com/products/usb3_universaldriveadap.php


Do you want to sell those enclosures that did not work for you?

If you are in the US I'd gladly purchase them.


If you want to get rid of them my gmail addy is philo565
 
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mick

I thought I might give you guys an update on my earlier thread.
That newertech Universal Drive Adapter, one of you recommended (I'm not sure
who,)
arrived today and I put it to the test right away. It worked like a champ and
made my
laptop drive perfectly accessible as a USB drive. All the files are there,
seemingly intact.
I only wish I would have known about this terrific gizmo before I ventured
into two different
and useless drive enclosures from Frys. But I write it off as a tuition fee.
My new Win8 laptop should also arrive in a couple days and then I can
selectively move
files from the old laptop drive to the new one. I just need to figure out the
data file locations
of several apps, such as Thunderbird and the Chrome browser. But if the Win 8
mail client
and browser is pretty good, I might use them instead of Thunderbird and
Chrome, providing
I could also convert the data to them.

Anyway, thanks guys for all the help, especially to the guy who mentioned the
newertech
kit.

http://www.newertech.com/products/usb3_universaldriveadap.php
Thanks for the feedback.
That warm excited glow you get when you discover all your data is still
intact and accessible far outweighs the cost of those redundant drive
enclosures. :)
 
E

Evan Platt

I used one made by Belkin that worked quite well.
Just plug it in between two machines and they talk to each other in a snap.
And you can't do that with a network cable and router because... ?
 
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Dave

Be sure to verify your data. I had a cheap set of cables that seemed to
work fine any time I used them except I couldn't verify a macrium image
backup. I tried a friends set, looked exactly the same but worked fine. I
purchased same and haven't had a problem. Mine are made by Vantec and I
paid less than $20 from Newegg. I suspect the problem with the cheap one's
is shielding of the data cable. All power is supplied via the cables, I've
used with both IDE and SATA. Mine are usb 2.0 but speed isn't an issue.
One has to wonder why Dell would give me two USB 3.0 ports and then hide
them on the back of the computer (cable length perhaps?).
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Be sure to verify your data. I had a cheap set of cables that seemed to
work fine any time I used them except I couldn't verify a macrium image
backup. I tried a friends set, looked exactly the same but worked fine. I
purchased same and haven't had a problem. Mine are made by Vantec and I
paid less than $20 from Newegg. I suspect the problem with the cheap one's
is shielding of the data cable. All power is supplied via the cables, I've
used with both IDE and SATA. Mine are usb 2.0 but speed isn't an issue.
One has to wonder why Dell would give me two USB 3.0 ports and then hide
them on the back of the computer (cable length perhaps?).
Many motherboards have USB3 ports on the back panel and no headers on
the motherboard for front cables. My Asus P8 H67-M EVO is one such.
 
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cameo

Paul said:
cameo wrote:

That's got an interesting set of power configurations.

http://www.newertech.com/downloads/universaldriveadapter_usb3.pdf

It uses the included power adapter, for all configurations except
usage with 2.5" IDE drives. You'd think they did such a fine job
with all the other configurations, they would have set it up to
use the adapter for the 2.5" IDE as well.

If I had to guess, it's the usage of a power adapter that made
the difference to your SATA drive.

The fact that it uses USB3 on the interface is nice, as that will
do a better job, even when connected to a USB2 port. (I have one
USB3 device here, and on a USB2 port it does 35MB/sec. Which is
better than your typical USB2 device on USB2 interface might be
able to do.)
What is strange about that USB3 cable is that the end which connects to
the PC has only USB2 connectors: one straight-through, and one pigtail.
So it's also a Y cable, but the pigtail is not used for anything. I wish
they
would have made one of them also USB3, so I could use the full USB3
speed on my new laptop. I guess I'll just have to buy a cable with USB3
connectors on both ends.
 
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cameo

Dave said:
Be sure to verify your data. I had a cheap set of cables that seemed
to
work fine any time I used them except I couldn't verify a macrium
image
backup. I tried a friends set, looked exactly the same but worked
fine. I
purchased same and haven't had a problem. Mine are made by Vantec and
I
paid less than $20 from Newegg. I suspect the problem with the cheap
one's
is shielding of the data cable. All power is supplied via the cables,
I've
used with both IDE and SATA. Mine are usb 2.0 but speed isn't an
issue.
One has to wonder why Dell would give me two USB 3.0 ports and then
hide
them on the back of the computer (cable length perhaps?).
I checked some of the most important data files and they look good.
 
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cameo

philo said:
On 04/03/2013 09:26 PM, cameo wrote:
Do you want to sell those enclosures that did not work for you?

If you are in the US I'd gladly purchase them.


If you want to get rid of them my gmail addy is philo565
Frankly, it's not worth my time for the packaging and shipping.
 
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cameo

mick said:
Thanks for the feedback.
That warm excited glow you get when you discover all your data is
still intact and accessible far outweighs the cost of those redundant
drive enclosures. :)
You've got it, Mick! ;-)
 
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