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    Please.

    One laptop died due to the motherboard failing.

    a) Can a motherboard be fixed?

    b) If not, (but would like the advice on this anyway) what do I need to look for in a hard drive enclosure in order to get the data off the broken laptop's hard drive?
    I had a brief look on ebay and they are ranging from £5 to £15ish. What's the difference between the super cheap ones and the more expensive ones.

    Thanks.
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    (Original post by TheThiefOfBagdad)
    a) Can a motherboard be fixed?
    Not very likely. You'd have to get the manufacturer to repair it, which probably won't be economical unless the PC is still in warranty.

    (Original post by TheThiefOfBagdad)
    b) If not, (but would like the advice on this anyway) what do I need to look for in a hard drive enclosure in order to get the data off the broken laptop's hard drive?
    I had a brief look on ebay and they are ranging from £5 to £15ish. What's the difference between the super cheap ones and the more expensive ones.
    The main variation is going to be build quality/longevity. While a cheap enclosure is unlikely to damage the hard drive itself, the circuitry can fail meaning the USB connection becomes intermittent or outright fails. Another idea to consider is getting a docking station like this rather than an enclosure, as they're a lot more robust and very handy for doing backups/recovery. If you're hoping to keep using your laptop HDD as an external drive though obviously this isn't such a practical idea.
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    (Original post by Dez)
    Not very likely. You'd have to get the manufacturer to repair it, which probably won't be economical unless the PC is still in warranty.



    The main variation is going to be build quality/longevity. While a cheap enclosure is unlikely to damage the hard drive itself, the circuitry can fail meaning the USB connection becomes intermittent or outright fails. Another idea to consider is getting a docking station like this rather than an enclosure, as they're a lot more robust and very handy for doing backups/recovery. If you're hoping to keep using your laptop HDD as an external drive though obviously this isn't such a practical idea.
    Great! Thanks a lot for you advice and time.
 
 
 
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