Save the data on my PC in Canberra

By 19 May, 2011 9

I have an issue with our home PC dying a slow and painful death.  I have a laptop so that’s Ok as far as continuing to work and stuff goes, but the whole point of the laptop was to avoid sharing, anyway…

So I need recommendations in the Belco area for someone to come and save/retrieve data from the hard drive of the PC.  We have got an external hard drive but the PC is so temperamental at the moment, it won’t even recognise the hard drive. 

Ideally we will purchase new box, but in the interim need some help/advice.

Garv

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9 Responses to Save the data on my PC in Canberra
#1
thatsnotme2:54 pm, 19 May 11

If you’re comfortable with opening up the case of the PC, and removing the internal hard drive (just a matter of unscrewing a few screws, and pulling out a cable or two), then I’d recommend buying an external USB hard drive enclosure.

Basically, you remove your PC hard drive, place it in the enclosure, and plug it into your laptop. The old hard drive will then show up as a USB drive, and – assuming it isn’t damaged in any way – you can copy your data off that drive.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=177_287 has a list of enclosures – you could get one for under $50 delivered.

#2
Jivrashia7:19 pm, 19 May 11

Pretty much what thatsnotme has said is spot on.

However, if opening a PC scares you then I’d suggest asking a friend’s friend’s (etc.) to do the recovery of data from the dying PC/HDD for you. In return perhaps you can shout then a beer or ten.

FYI, a lot of Canberran nerds are capable of doing the job. You just need to have the right connection.

#3
yellowredme5:24 pm, 19 May 12

Q&A Computing ressurected my dead laptop for a very resonable price after another firm declared it dead and charged me a steep fee for their incorrect advice.

Q&A are at:
31 Nettlefold Street, Belconnen
ph 6253 1001

#4
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd6:40 pm, 19 May 12

thatsnotme said :

If you’re comfortable with opening up the case of the PC, and removing the internal hard drive (just a matter of unscrewing a few screws, and pulling out a cable or two), then I’d recommend buying an external USB hard drive enclosure.

Basically, you remove your PC hard drive, place it in the enclosure, and plug it into your laptop. The old hard drive will then show up as a USB drive, and – assuming it isn’t damaged in any way – you can copy your data off that drive.

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=177_287 has a list of enclosures – you could get one for under $50 delivered.

Yep. Simple. If not pc savvy, YouTube a video.

#5
Diggety7:19 pm, 19 May 12

When you do get it fixed MrMagoo, be sure to use dropbox.

#6
dvaey7:47 pm, 19 May 12

thatsnotme said :

Basically, you remove your PC hard drive, place it in the enclosure, and plug it into your laptop. The old hard drive will then show up as a USB drive, and – assuming it isn’t damaged in any way – you can copy your data off that drive.

One caveat to this, is if you happen to be running windows, this is your primary disk and it contains your documents. You will then have to fiddle with permissions to enable you to access the restricted files. You can backup the majority of your data from a Windows disk, except for the ‘user’ folders which are protected.

There are ways to get this user data off, however sadly if youve got an NTFS disk from a recent windows system, the process is far from ‘plug n copy’.

#7
melon123410:01 pm, 19 May 12

Try MSY for an external enclosure. Should only be around $25. You’d probably only need a SATA to USB2.0 3.5″ enclosure.

But typical of MSY, just make sure you’ve got some spare time up your sleeve.

#8
Overheard9:16 am, 20 May 12

Malcolm Warwick at Jim’s Computing. The man’s a genius and comes to you. Polite, courteous, funny, punctual, reasonable costs. What’s not to like?

http://www.jimscomputerservices.com.au/home/

#9
zllauh9:49 am, 09 Aug 13

We had issues setting up the wireless at our place, Wanted an onsite technician to help us out.

Had the Geeks2u guys out once, they would do the job they were booked for and for any thing else they would charge extra.

Later one of my friend recommended http://technowand.com.au/it-support-canberra/home-users/remoteonsite-support-computer-repairs-canberra , They were good and also helped us set up the wi fi on other devices and pointed to us few good free software which we still use.

My recommendation would be to get some one local and not a part of any franchisee, The true customer service would go a long way.

My 2 cents.

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