When I replaced my old, dead laptop with a nice new Toshiba running Windows 7, I figured I could just plug in my external hard drive and transfer everything to the new laptop. However, I can't get any of my e-mail addresses (they were in Vista 7), and the last 2 years of pictures and documents seem to be missing. This is a BIG, BIG problem! On the old one, I would occasionally get a message saying that "backup failed" but not all the time. It seemed to get worse after I updated my Norton security stuff. Now I'm in a big pickle with all these missing files and pictures. Any suggestions? Thanks.
transfer backed up files to new Windows 7 computer(3 posts)
I assume the external HDD is what you were storing backups on.
Do you still have the old laptop? If so and the problem with it was not the internal HDD, you can pull it out and place it in an external HDD USB housing, then browse it to find all your data.
The above link is to a USB enclosure that works with SATA HDD's.
The below link is to a USB enclosure that works with PATA/IDE HDD's.
Both enclosures are made for 2.5 inch HDD's.