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Can I really do this or not? Will it mess anything up in my laptop?

I have a HP Pavilion dv6000 With Vista and I really need to know if I can take the used HDDs out of the old PCs and hook them up somehow to the laptop a an External HDD and download or just get into the info to see whats on it? I was told that I could do it but never got the info on how to do it. I have plenty of wire and assorted connectors so all I need is someone to explain it to where a novice can understand how.

So please if there is someone out there that really know how to put it all together I really could use all the help I can get.

Thanks to all of you for your help and I really love this site.

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kelseymh7 years ago
The easiest and most reliable solution involves spending 30 bucks or so. 

Buy an empty hard drive enclosure (Fry's or any decent computer-specific store will have them).  It comes with all the connectors, a power supply, interface boards, everything you need.  Just plop the drive in the box, close it up, and hook a USB cable between the box and your laptop.  We did that with both my wife's and my hard drives when our old computers died.  It made the whole data-migration job utterly trivial :-)

If you're an electronics novice, building all the wiring harnesses and support circuitry is possible, but unlikely to be reliable.
madrasi (author)  kelseymh7 years ago
Would you possibly have a address or a way so I know Im getting exactly what I need,PLEASE??????
You can use Google or Amazon yourself, or follow the links below, where Jayefuu and Lemonie have done your work for you. 

You just need to know what kind of hard drive you have (there should be a label on it with words).  Read the descriptions of different enclosures and see if the words they use match the words on your HDD's label.

Alternatively, you can walk into a computer or electronics store with your drive and ask for help.  If you find a salesperson over 35, they should be smart enough to help you.  Under 30, they probably won't be able to walk down the aisles without help :-(
Jayefuu madrasi7 years ago
Kelsey's right, it'll be easier and less hassle. You're looking for something like these (searched hdd enclosure on amazon), I'd recommend the ICY DOCK ones as I've used them before and they seem easy to set up and get working.

Remember to get the right one for your hard drives though. Are they 2.5" or 3.5"? Obviously a 3.5" won't fit in a 2.5" case. Also are they IDE or SATA? You need to get the right case for your hard drives.
lemonie madrasi7 years ago
avid0g7 years ago
 I believe the HP Pavillion DV6000 has a second (empty) hard drive bay.  If you Google your laptop computer model with "second drive bay" you will see articles.  The second hard drive bay is located on the belly.  You need a rather small Philips screwdriver to open the panel.  Pick one that fits snugly.  

Use the shutdown menu, open the panel, slide in the old laptop drive label-side-visible, fasten the panel and power up.  The drive letter should be something like E:// in My Computer.  

Good Luck!
avid0g avid0g7 years ago
OOPS!  I forgot to mention: disconnect the power cord and other cords.  Touch a finger to the computer chassis (ground) metal while guiding the hard drive into the compartment.  This should prevent an Electro-Static-Discharge through the hard drive data pins.  Static discharge is the enemy of electronics.


I use these at work all the time.  They are super easy to use, and installation is a snap.  Once you've connected the hard drive, just plug in the USB and Windows will install it just like a flash drive.  From there, you can access the hard drive through My Computer just like any other drive.

The only caution I will lend is that if the hard drives were from computers you don't know, or you think it's even remotely possible that they could harbor viruses, then you should update your anti-virus before connecting the hard drive.  Vista is usually okay about preventing unauthorized auto runs from occurring, but only if you haven't disabled the protection pop-ups (those little messages constantly asking if you want to continue doing something).  Also, scan the hard drive with the anti-virus before accessing any of the files.
Also it would be a good idea to have  an up-to-date anti-virus program on your laptop so you can scan any drives that you connect to it. .
Whoa.  Now that's cool, and much less work than mounting the drive in an enclosure (though maybe not as pretty).
acidbass7 years ago
you should be able to