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What external case for turning old laptop h-d into a compact USB hard drive?


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I have a HP Compaq 6735s - it seems to have given up, doesn't hold power and now although it sounds like the laptop is powering up and wurring away there is a constant black screen.

I have a smaller netbook - and was hoping that I would be able to recover the date from my HP Comqaq by removing the hard drive and using an external case and recycle the hard-drive.

I was hoping someone would be able to tell me what would be a suitable external case to allow me to create a compact USB hard drive.

The hp compaq spec is here http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/laptops-portable-pcs/laptops-and-netbooks/hp-compaq-6735s-664923/specification

I've never done this before - is it just as simple as lifting out the hard drive? Any advice is much appreciated!

Thanks :)

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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  1. Do you want to try and revive the the HP?

  2. SATA drive case here remove drive from laptop, you may also have to remove an adaptor from the drive, place drive in case and connect to usb on another machine. You may have to take ownership of the files before you can transfer into another machine easy way is here

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KRONOS the First

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You also do not want to use your email address as your user name.Re-register and use something else.

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Thanks for that FruitBat

Ideally I'd like to revive the HP but I'm no expert and it seemed like a bit of a lost cause. I'm not really up for paying a fortune to have it fixed and am not sure about my skills.

Not holding power/needing connected to the mains has been a problem for about a year.

But the black screen is a new development - I figured the motherboard must have had it.

Does this sound like a problem that could be easily dealt with?

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Sounds like the battery it totally dead. Remove the battery and make sure it's not connected to the power mains via the transformer (power block). Press and hold the start button for 30 seconds, or more if you have the patience. Reconnect the power unit (still without the battery) and see if it boots up.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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not sure about my skills

Don't worry lots of skills here on forum to pass on :0)

although it sounds like the laptop is powering up and wurring away there is a constant black screen.

Do you have a Vista DVD? assume came installed with Vista?

Keep Tapping F8 as its booting and see if it will go to a tools menu, if so select Start up repair, you may have to do this a few times (3) before it will start windows properly.

More details on repairs:

You need to look at Windows Repair Your Computer options.

  • Startup repair - This automatically fixes problems that are preventing Windows from starting
  • System Restore - This will Restore Windows to an earlier point in time
  • Windows Complete PC Restore - This will completely restore your entire PC - programs, system settings and files - from a back up that you have previously created (Available in Windows Vista Business, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
  • Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool - This checks your computer's memory hardware for errors
  • Command Prompt - This opens a Command Window

With the Complete PC Restore Option you must have made a backup of your system, either on your hard drive or on a set of DVDs, in order to use this option. If you don't have a backup then don't use this option

How you access the repair options will depend upon whether you have a Windows installation disk or whether your operating system came pre-installed by your PC manufacturer.

Pre-Installed Options NOTE

If no repair options are available your PC manufacturer may have replaced the tools or customised them. Check your Computer Manual before proceeding.

1/ Start your PC

2/ If your PC has one operating system Press and Hold the F8 key as your PC starts. If the Windows Logo appear you will need to start again

3/ If you have a dual boot system a Boot option menu will appear. Highlight the Windows operating system and Press the F8 key

4/ In both cases, if all has gone well, an Advanced options screen will now appear

5/ Highlight the repair Your Computer option and Press Enter

6/ Select a keyboard layout, and then Click the Next button

7/ Next select your user Name and Enter your Password, then Click OK

8/ The recovery options should now appear

Windows Installation Disk NOTE

1/ make sure your PC can boot directly from the Windows DVD. Obviously, most modern PCs can. With older machines you may need to check the PC's BIOS

2/ Start the PC

3/ Immediately insert the Windows DVD into the DVD drive

4/ A Black screen will appear with the words 'Press any key to boot from CD or DVD'

5/ Press Any key to start the booting process

6/ A new screen will now appear with a progress bar. The legend say's 'Windows is loading files'

7/ After a few minutes the Microsoft copyright window ill appear and another small progress bar will be visible

8/ You will next see a Blue curtained screen

9/ After a short while the Language option screen will appear

10/ Select your language and keyboard language and the Click the Next button

11/ At the bottom left of the next screen - the Install screen, Click on the Repair Your Computer option

12/ The System recovery options will now search for your Windows installation

13/ Once the Windows installation has been located, Highlight it and then Click the Next button

14/ You are now presented with the set of recovery options

15/ Click on the Option you require and follow the onscreen prompts

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Thanks rdave/fruitbat - still cant get the screen to work,as per rdave's suggestion. Any other options?

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Try connecting an external monitor to the laptop to see if you get any graphics showing up. If you do then it could be the laptop's screen faulty. If still no graphics then the GPU chip.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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or connect to a Flat screen TV

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If you do connect to an external monitor/Flatscreen you will have to press the FN key (usually botton lefty) and an F key (mine is F4 it has a symbol that looks like 2 screens with an arrow going from the left one to the right one) during boot up to make it show on external

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