How do I get information off a hard drive? Answered
We have several computers in our house and our oldest laptop just conked out. We knew it would happen some time, and it did. The laptop itself doesn't have a screen, (long story) so we've been plugging it into an external monitor via VGA cable. Recently, the laptop stopped working with the monitor (there was no output signal), and even after trying several other monitors and cables, it didn't work. We're pretty sure this is due to the video card, and we don't want to repair it because it simply wouldn't be worth it. However, there is important information and files on the hard drive that we need to access. We want to transfer those files to our new computer, but we need a way of doing that. We're pretty sure that the hard drive is fine and in full working order. We also can't use link cables because we cannot install the necessary software to use them. We were thinking of putting the hard drive in an external hard drive case to access the files, but would that even work? Also, what would it appear on the computer as once plugged in? Would it be just like a flash drive?