You will need:
A second computer
An external HDD
Note: The external HDD must be of the same type as the target HDD.
Step 1: Disassembly
I am using a 60GB iomega portable usb powered HDD. this is good because it uses a Laptop HDD and i want to get files from a laptop. I you are trying to get file off a PC then you will need a different external disk.
Once you have removed the dick from its enclosure gently disconnect the PCB. This is the bit that controls the drive and connects to a usb port..
Step 2: Disassembly 2
Step 3: Conect Up
Plug the PCB into the new drive. Be careful not to bent any of the pins of flex the board too much, it was never designed for this kind of abuse.
Step 4: It Works!
Plug it into a computer via usb and it should appear as a removable storage device.
For desk top drives (SATA ?) You may be able to connect it to a spare port in you machine but i haven't tried this.
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