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Slave A Laptop Hard Drive To USB

This article and video will show you how to use a USB enclosure to slave a laptop hard drive. Many times laptop – notebook hard disk drives come in here that we are able to recover with data recovery software. This video will help you use a USB enclosure to get data off of a failing laptop hard drive.

Hard Drive Recovery Video Series – How To Slave a Laptop Hard Drive

If you have a clicking hard disk drive chances are you need hard drive recovery and slaving your laptop will not help you get your files back. This method is for hard drives that are still recognized by the BIOS, they just don’t show you your data, or let you access it.

The software that you need to recover your data is dependent upon the Operating System that was on your laptop.

  • For Windows XP or Microsoft Vista with NTFS File System use DART XP – this program will scan your laptop drive and show you the files that can be recovered before you actually buy the software. You can download the demo version for FREE without having to sign up for anything. DART XP Data Recovery Software. If the scan shows you the data you want, you can purchase it right through the software interface.
  • For All other types of Windows or for external hard drives that are running NTFS, FAT, FAT 32 or FAT 16 you will need Recover It All. The Demo version also is FREE and will show you the data before you buy it. You can save the scan and purchase the sofrtware off of our website. Like all our products you don’t have to register it to get the demo and will receive the full version within seconds of purchasing it. Click here for the demo of Recover It All Data Recovery Software.

All of our data recovery software is guaranteed to work or you get your money back. Just like our data recovery services which are No Fix No Fee, we will show you your data before you buy!

DTI also has extended software support. Our software support people work right here in Florida. We don’t outsource anything ever! Our support phones are answered from 9 AM EST to 10 PM EST at 727-345-9665, if you are calling after normal business hours choose the software tech support option with your phone.

Remember if you need hard drive recovery DTI has the best support in the business, a class 100 clean room and a strict no data no charge policy on hard drive recovery. When it comes to laptop data recovery, DTI Data is second to none!


15 Responses to “Slave A Laptop Hard Drive To USB”

  1. DTI Data Recovery October 14, 2008 12:39 pm #

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  2. Adam April 9, 2009 12:03 am #

    I have a few questions. First, when the drive is installed in the case, it is then okay to leave it in the open? Second, where do you purchase the adapter, do the cases differ between IDE and SATA drives, and are the adapters different for IDE and SATA drives? Finally, when you boot you’re computer and access the files on the external hard drive, does it default at the main drives that you would normally see when accessing files from “My Computer” ( C:, D:, and so on)?

  3. Paul Catalano February 1, 2010 4:20 pm #

    I have an external USB hard drive (Buslink 2.0 Disk-On-The-Go/Lite) that I cannot get the data from. It spins with no particular abnormal noise. My laptop recognizes it as an attached piece of hardware, but it doesn’t show up as an attached drive under “My Computer.” The error I get is a specified I/O operation was not completed prior to timing out.

    I don’t need to spend thousands as this is not critical data, but nonetheless, would still like to find out if it can be done and evaluate the cost basis before doing so.

    • Brandon Hightower October 13, 2011 6:09 pm #

      Have you tried removing the HDD from it’s enclosure and slaving it into another computer with and IDE/SATA adapter because your HDD most likely is still good you will just need to move it to another HDD because it is probably the interface on your external HDD that has gone bad or if you are using a surge suppressor sometimes that can be the cause.

  4. Lucinda Burnickas August 19, 2010 12:19 pm #

    I have an hp SATA notebook hard drive and an SATA external HD case. Problem is – it looks like it should fit but there seems to be a “case” or something over it that prevents the pins from fitting. I don’t want to nilly-willy take things off. There are a few screws that allow you to take a case off the sides so it fits into the 2.5″ hd case but the pins don’t fit. Any thoughts/suggestions? Company I purchased the external drive case says it should fit!

    • Jacqui Best August 20, 2010 11:55 am #

      Alot of times LAPTOP drives have SMALLER pin outs and you need a conversion kit. I would contact your local electronics store with hard drive in hand for advice on how exactly to go about getting this drive into the enclosure.

  5. James November 30, 2010 3:53 pm #

    I’m trying to slave my hard drive from a 2 year old crashed HP laptop but there seems to be a problem. Instead of there being pins on the front of the hard drive there are two rows of flat copper bars. I was told this is a edge network adapter and to try and remove it to get to the pins. I had to remove the greenboard and found out that the adapter seems to be connected to the greenboard and I see no pins. How do I slave this drive and what type of interface do I have to buy.

  6. robert pannell September 24, 2011 2:22 pm #

    hi,i have a ibm thinkpad laptop.a message keeps poping up on my screen telling me this information………… a usb device has exceeded the power limits of its hub port. then it makes the following recommendation… renable the port,disconnect the hardware and click reset..can anyone help me to solve this problem please……..i have no idea…….thanks…robert………….

    • Jacqui Best February 13, 2012 2:06 pm #

      That means that the device you are plugging in is drawing to much juice and the thinkpad is shutting it off to keep from cause physical damage.

  7. cl December 10, 2011 11:41 am #

    i have the same problem:
    gateway nx570x that i replaced the hard drive for and is running fine now, still on xp
    i also have a toshiba satellite c655 running windows 7
    i have the old gateway hard drive (was not clicking, just lost partition i think)
    i also have sata cables connected to the old gateway hard drive

    i could plug connect the old hard drive to the gateway with replaced hard drive or i could connect the old hard drive to the toshiba, but i have yet to try either. i just would like to recover some files off the old gateway hard drive. do you have a video with more info? link?

  8. Jacqui Best February 10, 2012 3:26 pm #


    What kind of info are you looking for?


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