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Techie Talk

Where the resident lady tech guru and long time tech tweeter, SisTechie, hangs her hat. From digital tools to detailed software and hardware talk, this tech lady has got you :)

Back Up

So, everyone who owns either a PC, laptop or mobile device at one point or another has been in a situation where the device suddenly becomes inaccessible. My computer recently blew up- that's right... it blew up!

What do you do?

Panic! Especially when you have weeks, months or worse, years of data sitting on there and you forgot golden rule number 1.

What is rule number 1?

Always backup on external drives!

However, even they can fail. I’m sure you’re wondering again, what do you do? Fear not. Gone are the days when you had to jump through burning hoops to recover your data. It has actually become quite simple. First thing is to get your hands on a SATA/IDE to USB cable package. You can get those at an IT hardware store or tech repair shops. The other option is you can order a kit online at Amazon

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  IDE hard disk

IDE hard disk

 IDE cable

IDE cable

 IDE connection on hard drive

IDE connection on hard drive

 SATA hard disk

SATA hard disk

 SATA cable

SATA cable

So, you will see that the SATA cable (red) or the IDE cable (black with pin holes) is to be connected to the actual hard drive from your computer. The whole point of getting these cables is to connect your hard drive to a working computer as a USB device, just like a memory stick and then your working computer should read the drive and you can safely retrieve your precious data.

Steps to retrieve your data:

1.     Open the problematic computer and remove your hard disk from it

2.     Connect it to the cables, in some instances you will need to connect the power cable to the hard disk as well

3.     On the working computer, look for the USB device (it should be picked up)

4.     You should then be able to open the disk and copy all your data

Can't find the USB drive? Do the following (In Windows):

1.     Go to start -> run -> type in diskmgmt.msc

2.     In the window that opens, find your newly connected hard disk and right click

3.     In the pop up window select ‘Change Drive Letter and Paths

4.     Select a new drive letter such as ‘z’ and click OK.

5.     You should now be able to see your drive via Explorer.