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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:55 pm 

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Location: Sydney, Australia
My X31 has gone bad and will not try to access any hard disk. I have data in its original hard disk. I lost hope with it so it was given away except my hard disk.

Now I am trying to call all my friends if they have an X31 or compatible so that I can boot it up to retrieve my wanted data. I don't think I can simply use a USB adapter for IDE hard disk because my files are created under WinXP NTFS security. (the folder is only accessible by my domain account). And I hesitate trying because it may remove some of the boot files. I assume I must find a system that is compatible and can boot up a system allowing me to logon XP under my Windows Domain account.

So question is: other than X31, can someone tell me what other IBM notebook models I can try to insert my disk to and boot up WinXP? The company I work for has many different IBM X6 series, R4 series, T4 series that I can borrow to test with but I do not know which one may be compatible. I think this is my only viable option (to retrieve the file data) but if you think I have other solutions please let me know. Many thanks.

PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:03 pm 

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Check the web for Taking Ownership of files, that way you can access your HD data using any old USB 2.5" PATA enclosure.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:00 pm 
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A T30 will probably also work.


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