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Transfer Hard Drive ?

2013-08-15, 15:52 PM

Putting this out there right away.  I do not know alot about computers.  I do know I don't have a lot of money to replace the laptop that just completely died a month after the warranty expired.  It is a Lenovo Thinkpad SL510, S/n xxxxxxx and the product ID is 28479XU.  Purchased 3 years ago.  I would like to know if I can take the hard drive out (which I was told by a knowledgeable computer person that it is OK with all the data on it) AND put it in my working Lenovo Thinkpad SL410, S/n xxxxxxx, Product ID 28427PU ?    The SL510 is really dead.  All efforts were tried to resusictate by same computer person.  Thanks 

 

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2013-08-15, 21:26 PM

You could buy a 2.5" SATA USB external enclosure  inexpensively at any computer store, Best Buy, Amazon, eBay, etc. Then put the old drive in it,  connect it to the new system via USB and you have access to everything on the old HD. (This assumes you don't have a HD password on either drive.)

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2013-08-15, 16:41 PM

Yes that HD swap should work. After you boot up the SL410 with the HD from the SL510, be sure to run ThinkVantage System Update to update device drivers for any hardware that might be different between the two systems.


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2013-08-15, 17:08 PM

Or....is there a way I could take the content off the hard drive from dead computer and transfer just select content to an external hard drive?  Probably have to buy some type of hardware to do that?  This way, when I purchase a new computer, I can  transfer files from my external hard drive to the new computer myself.

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2013-08-15, 21:26 PM

You could buy a 2.5" SATA USB external enclosure  inexpensively at any computer store, Best Buy, Amazon, eBay, etc. Then put the old drive in it,  connect it to the new system via USB and you have access to everything on the old HD. (This assumes you don't have a HD password on either drive.)


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2013-08-16, 2:07 AM
Thanks a zillion! I feel empowered. Now I just have to figure out which brand laptop to buy that will last more than 3 years. ha ha ha ha
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