There are many situations where an internal hard drive fails and you may want to retrieve the files stored in it. While you may not always be so lucky that the hard drive keeps the files stored even after it is damaged, in some cases you might be able to recover everything. However, once the hard drive is removed from your computer it will not be overly easily to transfer everything to the new hard drive. This is especially true when dealing with a laptop hard drive.
Once your computer crashes or anything occurs that makes you need to retrieve the files from the hard drive it is important to know what your options are. Many people end up throwing out their hard drive and losing a lot of important data. However, it is not too difficult to transfer the files to a new, properly working hard drive. In order to do this you will just need to purchase a SATA to USB adapter, which will probably cost you no more than $40.
How to Use a SATA Adapter
With a SATA adapter you can transfer data from an internal SATA hard drive to your computer via USB. In order to do this though, you will need to know how exactly the adapter works. The task is not too difficult though and you should have no issues with completing the process with just these instructions.
Step By Step Guide
Step 1 – Connect the SATA cable to your SATA-to-USB adapter via the SATA port located on the back of the adapter. In combination with these cables, connect the hard drive and your computer accordingly. The SATA cable will connect from the adapter to your internal hard drive, and the USB will connect from the USB port on the adapter to one of many USB ports on your computer.
Step 2 – Connect your SATA adapter to a wall outlet via the AC power cable.
Step 3 – Once your computer has recognized the USB device (SATA adapter) you will be able to access the files on your hard drive. You can access the hard drive files via the file explorer within your computer. After doing so, transfer any (or all) necessary files to your computer and then disconnect the SATA adapter.
Once complete the files will now be on your computer’s installed hard drive. From here you can open them as you would normally before you had hard drive issues. However, not all files will transfer perfectly. There are some situations where certain files may not be able to transfer, or not all data will be transferrable. For instance, some people may have difficult transferring licensed software to a new hard drive. This could be a costly concern so you may want to research possible solutions for doing so.
What To Do With Your Old Hard Drive
Once you transfer any needed files from your old hard drive you may not want to throw it out. Chances are the hard drive has a large amount of storage space and you can continue to use it. Whether you want to store pictures, music, and videos, or you just want extra space if necessary, an extra hard drive can be beneficial. You could basically transform the hard drive into an external hard drive, but it will not be exactly the same.
If you want to use this hard drive as a secondary hard drive then there are some benefits to doing so but keep in mind of the downfalls. It will not be a very portable hard drive, however anywhere that you are bringing a laptop or desktop, it should not be too much to add along. You will have to bring the SATA adapter as well. Just as long as you have the SATA adapter you can use the hard drive in cooperation with your computer and your computer’s internal hard drive.
While it is not necessary to keep the hard drive, it could help you in the future. Either way, you definitely want to keep the SATA adapter as it can be useful if you have any hard drive issues in the future. For a $20-40 investment, it can pay off and prevent a lot of stress and possible data loss.