How to use an old dell hardrive

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by bluebeans, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. bluebeans

    bluebeans MDL Novice

    Feb 2, 2012
    Hi all

    I am going to admit it, I am a bit unsure about technical things when it comes to computers and the question I am about to ask will probally be bread and butter stuff to your wizzards out there.

    I have an old dell laptop, inspiron 1501 i think (have to double check) that I got in 2006. It stopped working in 2009 and does not even start up, just a dead blank screen.

    I have heard that the hard drive can be rescued an used as an external device? I hope this is true as I need pictures and documents that we saved on the laptop.

    Any specific tools or wire/cables needed for this?

  2. Phixer

    Phixer MDL Novice

    Sep 30, 2010
    If your handy at all you can do it all yourself.

    One example:


    How to take your laptop apart you can get from the manual or tech support from the mfg
    web site and some small hand tools.

    Bottom line have fun

    ps Sorry I cant give links yet...
  3. bencasina

    bencasina MDL Novice

    Jul 12, 2009
    before you do that try taking out the internal battery and booting by just the power pack plugged in, it is a common fault in laptops, i have had dozens brought to me with booting problems. and 90% work after this procedure. if it boots ok then just refit the battery in again.