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How Can I Recover Files, Photos & Data from a Broken Laptop or PC

Updated on June 18, 2014

Photo Recovery, Data Recovery and Transfer Data.

Want to know can you recover files from broken laptop, with no download, no computer scams and programmes to buy, just easy steps to follow and get your lost data from a broken PC back.

If you want to know how to transfer data from another computer retrieve lost data, or recover photos, and recover files, from a broken laptop or PC. Then this page is for you. Then you have came to the right page. I will show you how to recover photos, files and data easily. and have them on your new computer in no time. I thought I had lost all my photos when my laptop crashed, and burned. A lifetime of my photos were on my Laptop that was broken, and on another that I had dropped and smashed.

I had seen file recovery downloads and was uncertain whether they were just scams. I wanted to find a way to recover my files free. And with a little bit of investigation I have indeed found a FREE, and very easy way way to transfer my photos and files from one computer to another, in a few very simple steps. On this page will show you how to preform this task on your own, and how easy it was for me to recover my files and photos from broken laptops and PC. So you can too.

This will not work if the problem is with your hardrive. The hardrive must be in full working order. It will not allow you to transfer corrupt or damaged files to your new computer. .

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How to Transfer Photos and Files From One Broken Laptop or PC to Another

how to recover lost photos and data from your PC or Laptop
how to recover lost photos and data from your PC or Laptop

I want this to be as simple as possible for you to understand how easy it really process of file transferring from one computer to another is. I actually told my brother how to recover his photos and files over the phone. I cannot stress how easy it is.

I had 2 broken Laptops and 1 broken PC, for this example I am using my laptop to show you in pictures, I found the PC much easier to do.

First step is to take the back off of your Laptop, this should be relatively easy, however some laptops require you to go in from the keyboard, a bit trickier, but more fiddly than difficult. This will only work if the hardrvie is not broken.Or if your hardrive has corrupt files on it.

Locate the hard drive, this will be surrounded by a metal case. Carefully remove all connecting wires and plugs.

When you are working with the Hard drive it is essential you do not touch the actual hard-drive as this can cause damage.

How to Transfer Photos and Files - from one broken laptop or PC to another

Data recovery-ecover photos and files from a broken computer
Data recovery-ecover photos and files from a broken computer

Now you are going to connect the SATA/IDE device you bought to the hard drive. Now with 3 different computers to deal with, I found 2 had the same set up and the computer had a different set-up, just look carefully around the hard drive and plug in the adapter connections to the ones that are the same fit/size, do this carefully. Do not force any of the connectors, I found it would slip in easy, so if you need to force it, you know it probably does not go there.

Once you have this power up your laptop you want to put your files, once fully opened up, connect the USB port on your PC, I used a net book!

Switch on the connecting device (small button on the adapter leads) and watch as your files magically start their transfer to your new computer! leave it running a wee while, as I found it took a little bit longer for all my photos to appear, and even after thinking I had them all some just kept appearing. I had forgotten how many photos and files I did have. These laptops and computers had given up, but I had put them away as I knew these photos were on them and just did not know enough to recover my photos, and I am sure this would have been expensive getting someone to do this for me.

What Do I Need to Transfer my Data from One Computer to Another? - USB 2.0 to SATA IDE Adapter

If you were to tell me how easy it was, it is one of these things, I wish someone had just told me....Plug in play and instant recovery of my file, all your files appear on the working computer!...

UK customers - Click HERE - If you are a customer from the UK IOMAX USB 2.0 to SATA/IDE Adapter Kit with Power Adapter for 2.5/3.5/5.25 Inch SATA or IDE Drive

StarTech USB 2.0 to SATA IDE Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)
StarTech USB 2.0 to SATA IDE Adapter (USB2SATAIDE)

All I wanted to know was, was this going to do the job, and take my data from my PC and Laptops - Yes it does

* Includes all necessary interface and power connectors for your drives making it an all-in-one solution

* Connect 2.5" or 3.5" SATA/IDE drives to a USB 2.0 port

* LED indicators provide status and activity updates

* USB2SATAIDE include all necessary interface and power connectors for your drives making it an all-in-one solution

* Plug in a hard drive quickly and easily without taking your case apart

* Use your 2.5" and 3.5" drives with a notebook or desktop

 

Keeping you Computer In Working Order - take care and use the correct tools

I have learned many easy to avoid mistakes, that can cause serious damage,to your computer, and know how to avoid the "scan you computer now" scams, and then you end up with Trojan viruses. Even becoming familiar with these terms, will help keep you safe online and your computer safe too. I use the computer everyday for work, but I did not know how it worked. I have read many books, and found this one of the easiest to understand. Computers laptops are expensive, and sometimes become broken because we don't really know what we are doing and just click, unbeknown to us downloading phishing software, that can then keep track of all your movements on line and eventually crack into your on-line passwords, emails. just like a car, you don't just drive it, you need to fill it with petrol water, and oil, air for its tires, there are simple steps you can familiarize yourself with to make sure your computer ticks over, and lasts a lot longer. Saving you money in the long term

Are you going to retrieve your lost data on your Broken computers now! - Let me know what you think...

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    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      3 years ago from Scotland

      woot woo! you and I know that heart wrenching feeling when you lose all your data! SO glad this worked out for you

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      Bel 

      3 years ago

      Thank You so much, I bought the product, followed all the instructions and now I have everything from my laptop.

      Life Saver!

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      3 years ago from Scotland

      #there is a USB cable port

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      Amanda Goldberg 

      3 years ago from Merion Park, Pennsylvania

      I bought this device, and opened up my laptop (Lenovo Yoga) but there was no piece that would fit into the adapter. What am I missing?

      Thanks!

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      Namsak 

      4 years ago

      Very valuable information and lots of useful links. Have bookmarked this lens for future reference. Thank you!

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      Erin Mellor 

      4 years ago from Europe

      I'm going to back everything up again, I hope I won't need this advice.

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      Lynda Makara 

      4 years ago from California

      Genius! I live in fear of my laptop dying and losing all my photos.

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      SimonJay 

      4 years ago

      Wow very interesting lens i never knew it could be done that easily unfortunately it doesn't work because the data as been corrupted but i will be keeping this information incase my laptop or pc breaks.

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @james-k-blake-56: James sorry to hear you are frustrated, when it is asking for you to format, it means it is reading there is an error in your hardrive either your files are corrupt on your hardrive, or your hardrive itself is fried, which means as I stated this will not work if it's a problem with your hardrive, your hardrive needs to be in working order for this to work.

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      james-k-blake-56 

      5 years ago

      i bought the cable that all works fine i got it to transfer stuff from my old broke laptop to my new one but when i plug the HDD in to my new laptop it pops up saying i need to reformat the disk drive which will erase all the data on it so how am i supposed to transfer all my important files. and also now im down 23 quid

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      james-k-blake-56 

      5 years ago

      i just bought one of these to transfer files from a broken laptop to a new one it works it all plugs in fine but when i put it into my new laptop it says the disk drive needs formatting and doing so will erase all data currently on the hard drive :/

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      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @gouravsh: It works exactly the same way your data will go onto your new PC

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      Kimberella68 

      5 years ago

      I had pictures from a vacation on an SD card which I have lost. I did not download them to my laptop but had viewed them several times on the laptop. Does the hard drive save those images somewhere? If so can they be retrieved?

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      gouravsh 

      5 years ago

      i have a dell studio laptop, accidentally got my scene broken. now i have to transfer all my data from studio to new laptop......what should i do. how i should connect USB2 to SATA/IDE adapter to my broken lappy and with new one. How Data transfer will be start.?

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @Kimberella68: If you have NOT saved them to a hard drive you can ONLY retrieve these from the actual SD card. :( sorry

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: Yes works exactly the same Cindy :)

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: Yes works exactly the same Cindy :)

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      my tower broke down and I lost all my pics and videos and they mean a lot to me. does your trick work the same as you shown for the laptops on a home computer tower?

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      steadytracker lm 

      5 years ago

      Some great tips, thank you for sharing. Always remember that the hard drive can always be recovered unless it was magnetized or the bearings have been completely frozen. If the data is important enough, there are specialists that can remove the platter and place them in a special hard drive unit that will allow them to recover all of the data.

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      Peter Messerschmidt 

      5 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      Certainly some handy tricks to know here. I fear my two dead hard drives are of the variety that have to be opened in a clean room and reset in temporary housing while they get scraped, IF they can be scraped.

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      PaigSr 

      5 years ago from State of Confusion

      As sbpilnc says... as long as the HD is not fried. For me that is the main issue. Although through experience I back up all of my data to a thumb / flash drive. Others will burn their data onto CD's or DVD's. The interesting part is that I still have the two dead HD and have not given up trying to retried the data. The biggest issue is the sound that they make. Sort of a clunk, clunk clunk sound. Yes I do know what this means.

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      SBPI Inc 

      5 years ago

      Actually quite easy as long as your hard drive has not been fried.

      Nice informational lens

      Jonathan

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      shewins 

      5 years ago

      This is good to know, thanks.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Well maybe there is hope for some stuff sitting on an old laptop I have. Saving this page so I get back an follow your directions careful. Thanks so much for this info.

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: YOu need to see if it is the fan perhaps overheating, If it is a virus usually you can tell straight away, if it just shuts down it can mean the fan is broken and its overheating.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Our family computer is completely messed up, it crashes if it has been on longer than 3mins. We're not sure if it's a virus that's causing it or if it's just old. If I used this method to retrieve our documents would the virus infect my laptop when transporting the files?

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      grannysage 

      5 years ago

      Recently crashed my computer and am so glad to learn this. Going to send it to my techie husband.

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      LadyDuck 

      5 years ago

      Nice lens, I use the same adapters to transfer the content of a Hard Disk to another, it usually works quite well.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      This is a good lens - I have the CompTIA A+ certification.

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      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      My last laptop died, wouldn't boot up. Think it overheated and fried the motherboard. My hubby removed the hard drive and put it in an external case linked to my new computer. So glad to have access to those files.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Such a simple solution, but what a valuable tip :)

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      5 years ago from Scotland

      @Scriobh LM: thanks very much I was most impressed with what I did too! AND it worked! woot woo!

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      Scriobh LM 

      5 years ago

      Really nice tutorial on turning a laptop internal drive into an external USB drive - nicely done!!

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      Unchain3dAuthor 

      6 years ago

      Very useful lens! I enjoyed it. Hopefully this helped a lot of people in need of this particular situation. I know I have been there, this should come in handy to many.

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      qatroid 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, good lens

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Thanks! I haven't done this yet, but it sounds like something I can and will do as soon as the SATA/IDE gets here. Really...THANKS!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      thank you thank you

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I've had a broken laptop for some while with a few files I wanted. Thanks.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Good lens I had to do this a month ago

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      Deadicated LM 

      6 years ago

      Totally awesome Lens!!!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Pleased to sprinkle fresh angel dust on this important information....you are a life saver to many I am sure!

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      radmox 

      6 years ago

      Really Awesome

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      Faye Rutledge 

      6 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for this great info. :)

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      @anonymous: Anthony I am not too sure, but I would think a good PC store/electronic store should have it in stock? here is hoping good luck

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Does storys like Best Buy sell StarTech.com USB 2.0 to SATA IDE Adapter (USB2SATAIDE) ?

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      6 years ago from Royalton

      Now this sounds hopeful. I can hardly wait to try this out. Thanks!

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      abieanarna 

      6 years ago

      Ohh gosh it really works, I just followed that step by step process and it works, by the way I agree with Kimbesa its really a mess with flash drives around

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      kimbesa 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks! I'm still messing around with flash drives, and files are getting skipped. This will work much better.

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      Ruthi 

      6 years ago

      I knew it could be done, now I know how to do it. Now, can you transfer a bit of courage my way so I can feel confident accessing and transferring my files from that old computer crashed in the corner to my new one...

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      data1122 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      WilliamPower 

      6 years ago

      I'm going to back it up realtime.

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      MAtharFiaz 

      7 years ago

      your lens is very useful. Thank you.

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      RickBasset 

      7 years ago

      This has got to be some of the most useful lenses I've seen in a long time!

      Blessed by an Angel!

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      TV-Tech 

      7 years ago

      Very informative. I've been a computer / electronics tech for many years. In many cases you won't have to take a laptop completely apart, there is usually an access door on the bottom for removing the hard drive. Great lens!

      Jim

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      Kathy McGraw 

      7 years ago from California

      Excellent and oh how timely. I have 2 hard drives that I had already taken out of the computer but didn't know what to do to get the files. Sure hope I didn't ruin anything by putting them in a drawer :) I'll let you know if this works...I need to get that cable first. Oh, and can you send me the links to your photo lenses...that's what I was looking for when I found this one ;) *blessed*

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      Ann 

      7 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      great lens Lisa I shall bookmark it for future reference.

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      katiecolette 

      7 years ago

      I didn't know there was a device you can use to transfer data from one computer to another. Will keep it in mind! +1

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      You are truly a life saver. I tought I had lost all my family pictures when my laptop broke and then I found this page; I ordered the cable right away and I got it today. I just finished retrieving all my files. Thank so much for this post

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm going to try this, I just ordered a SATA IDE Adapter (from my top lens ...lol), but I appreciate the tutorial very much. I have a lot of pictures on a broken PC that I want. I'll let you know how it goes. SquidHugs!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I bow to you here my dear, awesome!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I love the way you have this done, I wouldn't change anything in the process.

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      CruiseReady 

      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      OH my goodness - this is wonderful information!

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      uecunited 

      7 years ago

      very beautiful Thank you

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Well last year my laptop broke, got a new one and still waiting for my husband to recover my stuff (along with painting the living room and hanging some curtains)...I disgress. Have I known it was so easy I would have done it months ago.

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