Chris (chrisjournal) wrote,

Hardware woes

Ding dong, the laptop is finally dead.

ETA: darkravine's advice worked, at least for now. It lives! Many, many thanks, my dear.

It's lived a full year past what I thought it would (cf Writercon tech failure of 2004). I'm not sure just *how* dead it is. I'm fairly certain the hard drive is fine. It's just finally not going to push juice through its mechanisms any more. The power cord is lit a pretty green and cycling properly. I have a backup from a couple months back, but anything even remotely recent is inaccessible to me at the moment, including most of my email. Forgive lack of response -- I'm using the boys' computer right now and it is slow and unwieldy, not to mention frequently occupied by one of them.

Anyway, I unplugged it to move it to a different room and left it undone for a couple of hours. Now it won't light up. Chances are that it will cost me half or more of what it would cost to replace to fix it. So what I want to know is this: what do I need to connect the internal hard drive from this laptop (it's a Dell) to some other piece of hardware so I can grab what I need off of it? Can I just take it out and to a computer repair place and have them do something like archive it off to another computer, or put it on cds or something? Ideally, I'd love to be able to connect it to this computer here (it's running XP) and use it like an external drive...

Thanks for any help you can offer on a Sunday, and for your patience if you're trying to reach me. I don't want to dl email here because that'll just create more complexity than I want to deal with...
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