How to connect a laptop hard drive to a computer?
Currently, there is a global development of information technology, the amount of information available to each user is increasing, and over time there is a need to transfer their data from one computer to another. The reasons for this may be different:
- saving information on the new hard disk due to the natural wear of the old
- transfer of information from a disk with a smaller volume to a larger disk;
- Solving PC problems due to the impossibility of eliminating them on a working hard disk.
Before you connect a hard disk, you need to determine what kind of HDD you have (Hard disc drive, aka hard disk, aka hard). Nowadays, SATA HDD is used almost everywhere, but there are (usually for laptops) IDE HDD. It is very simple to distinguish between hard drive interfaces - the IDE connector is a set of metal contacts (40 in total), while SATA has only 7 of them.
If one hard - with IDE, and the second - with SATA, then you will need an IDE⇔ SATA adapter, which you can buy at each computer store for 200-300 rubles. So, let's start connecting:
- First of all, we de-energize the PC and remove the side cover of the system unit. It is recommended to fix the HDD from the laptop so that it does not hang in the air.
- We track which connector (controller) of the motherboard is connected to the hard disk of the desktop computer. For IDE HDD, as a rule, the connection to the Master, for SATA HDD - to SATA.
- Find where the connection to the power supply unit (power supply).
- We connect the hard drive (the narrow side of the adapter) of the laptop to the motherboard (wide side of the adapter) of the stationary PC via the adapter and connect the second cable connector to the power supply output similarly to the connected hard drive of your PC. For IDE it is recommended to use SLAVE.
- After a reliable connection, you can turn on the computer.
- When booting the PC, you will need to enter the BIOS (press the F2 button) - specify the boot HDD (the one installed in the desktop computer) so that the OS boots as usual.
- Save (F10) and exit (Esc, Y, Enter). The OS boot will continue automatically.
- You may need to restart your computer after setup to configure the system.
If both computers have SATA hard disk, then everything is simple: we connect the hard disk from the laptop to the PC motherboard through the existing connector in the same way as described above.
Using the external case
In addition to the IDE⇔SATA adapter, you can connect a hard disk to a computer using an external enclosure. The HDD from the laptop is placed in the “container” and is connected to the PC via the USB interface. This method is simpler and more convenient, but a bit more expensive for money and has a lower rate of exchange of information.
After you finish working with an external hard drive, do not forget to safely remove it from your computer so as not to disable it.
Depending on the current situation, you can use any of the following methods, possessing minimal knowledge of the structure of any computer.