Solved! Can I fit a SSD to another computer to recover data

Dec 15, 2018
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I have a HP14 - ac100na that won't start, even though I have proved power to the motherboard. If I buy a similar refurbed laptop, can I insert the SSD from my old computer into the new one to recover the documents etc on it
 

USAFRet

Splendid
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Given that, it would only (MAYBE) work in an identical system.
It may fail to boot up. It probably will, but not 100% guaranteed.

Is there anything really critical on this drive?

This is why we have backups.
 

USAFRet

Splendid
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You need to connect that drive as a secondary drive.
Just plugging it in and expecting it to boot up may fail.

Get a USB-SATA dock, and connect it like that.
 
Dec 15, 2018
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Hi, I have one, and have used it to read conventional hard drives, but the solid state hard drive only has the "ribbon" connector and I don't know how to connect it up
 

USAFRet

Splendid
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Pictures, please.

But I'll bet that ribbon is just an adapter for that particular laptop.
It should be removable, and expose regular SATA connections.
 

USAFRet

Splendid
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Can you remove that drive and then (carefully) remove the ribbon from it?
And then a nice clear pic of just the drive?
 

USAFRet

Splendid
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Given that, it would only (MAYBE) work in an identical system.
It may fail to boot up. It probably will, but not 100% guaranteed.

Is there anything really critical on this drive?

This is why we have backups.
 
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Hi, guilty of no bckups, but there are some things that I'd like to recover if I could. I had it with me in hospital where my father died, and it chose to stop working on my way home before I had chance to back up.
The HP14 - ac100na appears to include a number of similar laptops, but looking online, they look different. Would it have to be the exact model to stand a chance of a sswap?
 

USAFRet

Splendid
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Anything other than an exact replacement increases the fail potential.
 
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