Can I recover the files on my dead laptop’s hard drive?

DwayneDoyle1 August 27, 2012

My Sony Vaio laptop has completely died on me to the point that I cannot even get the thing to power up. I traced the power through to the board and know that I have supply power. If I remove the hard drive is there a way that I can recover some of the files off of it?

I should note that it has a standard, 2 1/2 inch multipin configuration for plugging in and not eSATA.


  1. Micheal
    December 18, 2012 at 6:42 am

    maybe you can try some third party data recovery software. some are really nice. power data recovery is one of those.

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    November 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm


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  3. Pali
    October 26, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    You should be able to get a caddy shell to put it in and use it externally. Theres some good tips and guides on here that show some ways to work out whats wrong with stuff, they also sell the caddy shell you want too. Its a 2.5 ide you need.
    Hope this helps. ;)

  4. Dwayne Nicholson
    September 13, 2012 at 4:40 am

    remove the hard drive, insert it into a hard drive enclosure (usually about $5 on ebay), it now becomes an external drive

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    September 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

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  6. Irshaad Abdool
    August 29, 2012 at 7:05 am

    remove the harddrive and coonect it to a desktop pc , then browse it as any other drives though explorer softwares and recover your files

  7. Varun Bhandari
    August 28, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    It depends if the data is not corrupted then it is very easy to recover the contents. The below link provides very good methods for recovering data. My personal best is to boot the laptop using Live USB with Ubuntu or any flavors of Linux and then copy all your contents to any external hard disk drive.


  8. Sri Swaminathan Vanarasi
    August 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    U can easily get the data by putting it in an encloser ..

  9. Usman Mubashir
    August 28, 2012 at 8:52 am

    check if you can get the hdd to boot on any other laptop,

  10. Steven
    August 28, 2012 at 8:09 am

    Do you mean it is a micro ATA or SATA connector? IDE/PATA drives have only pins micro SATA connector is the standard now. Regardless, you should be able to recover your files unless the controller board on the drive has been damaged. In that case, you will be looking to spent more $$.

  11. Oron
    August 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Yes, just remove the hard disc and connect it to another computer and you'll be able to access it. There are several ways you can connect the drive:
    1. Internally - if you have another PC with a spare bay and SATA connection.
    2. With an external enclosure (USB enclosures for 2.5" SATA drives are extremely cheap).
    3. With a USB-SATA bridge or a cradle.These are essentially the same as the enclosures, but intended for this kind of use, so you can swap drives much more readily.
    NB: Most directories on your drive will be readily accessible (as long as the system you're using is the same or newer than the one on the Vaio). However, the profiles (the user folders in C:\Users) will not initially be readable due to the default security settings. You will be asked if you want to change the permissions on them and you should say YES in order to access the files. Changing the permissions will take some time (the permissions have to be changed on each and every file and folder).

    Goood luck!

  12. Bruce Epper
    August 27, 2012 at 7:52 am

    As long as the drive has not suffered physical, electronic or magnetic damage, you should be able to recover ALL files from it. You can use a converter device such as this one to connect the drive to another computer via USB to handle the transfer.

  13. April Eum
    August 27, 2012 at 7:39 am

    since you have no problem taking apart the parts..take out the hard drive from your laptop then insert it to an enclosure and you can use the usb adapter and you should be able to access the files that are stored in it

    newegg has cheap 2.5in enclosures with multipins connections. though eSATA is pins too..

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