What can you do with a broken laptop?

2. Try To Dissamble and Sell Parts

  1. Battery – Most easy to sell since many people want to replace just their batter on an old laptop and compatible batteries for an old laptop are hard to find
  2. Power Adapter – Another easy to sell part. Anyone with a similar / compatible laptop would be will to buy a spare charging adapter for travel etc.
  3. Motherboard – The foundation where all parts are assembled
  4. CPU – Commonly known as processor – Most expensive part
  5. RAM – Memory – Price varies based on the type of RAM
  6. Hard Drive – Easy to sell, however, remember to permanently clean up your personal data. Since it poses a risk of data recovery from malicious people. Check out our YouTube Playlist with useful tutorials on how to delete data permanently.
  7. Fan
  8. Graphics Card
  9. Wifi card – makes your laptop connect to wifi networks
  10. Soundboard – or sound card

How To Show Hidden Files and Folders – that have disappeared after system restore


How To Manually Check if the Laptop Fan Is Working or Not?

You can examine your laptop’s internal cooling components through the small vent openings, located on the bottom. Your fan is connected to the motherboard by a series of wires. The fans inside your laptop are powered by the motherboard, but you can test if they are in working order by plugging in your laptop and turning it on.

If your fans are in working order, you should be able to hear them whirring as they cool the motherboard. If your fan is broken, you’ll need to replace it with a new one. Replacements can be bought at your local computer store or from your laptop manufacturer’s online store.

What Are the Symptoms of A Broken Laptop Fan

Symptoms of a broken laptop fan are extreme heat on the specific side of the laptop, no air being pushed out of vents on that side, and lots of noise coming from that side. When you open your laptop or boot it up, there is usually dust accumulated at where the fan is located (inside your computer). To confirm this problem in a few easy steps:

  1. Shut down your device.
  2. If there is an exhaust vent on one side for the hot air to escape through – take off its cover and have a look inside to see if the blades are still turning. If they’re not moving – it’s likely that your cooling fan has gone kaput. 
  3. Too much noise coming from the machine.

How to Prevent Damage to Laptops

Laptops are easy to get broken but you can take some measures to avoid accidental damages to the machine.

  1. Keep drink far away from your laptop.
  2. Don’t put heavy things on your laptop.
  3. Always keep the laptop stored in a good place.
  4. Clean your laptop regularly.
  5. Use your laptop properly.
  6. Laptops need to breathe and you should give it a good airflow to keep it overheating.

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How to Transfer Photos and Files – from one broken laptop or PC to another

Data recovery-ecover photos and files from a broken computer

Now you are going to connect the SATA/IDE device you bought to the hard drive. Now with 3 different computers to deal with, I found 2 had the same set up and the computer had a different set-up, just look carefully around the hard drive and plug in the adapter connections to the ones that are the same fit/size, do this carefully. Do not force any of the connectors, I found it would slip in easy, so if you need to force it, you know it probably does not go there.

Once you have this power up your laptop you want to put your files, once fully opened up, connect the USB port on your PC, I used a net book!

Switch on the connecting device (small button on the adapter leads) and watch as your files magically start their transfer to your new computer! leave it running a wee while, as I found it took a little bit longer for all my photos to appear, and even after thinking I had them all some just kept appearing. I had forgotten how many photos and files I did have. These laptops and computers had given up, but I had put them away as I knew these photos were on them and just did not know enough to recover my photos, and I am sure this would have been expensive getting someone to do this for me.

Turn the Display into a Standalone Monitor

Additional monitors can boost your productivity, so if your laptop screen still works but the rest of the laptop doesn’t (or you have an old laptop with a working screen), use it as another monitor for your other computer. Instructables user augustoerico provides step-by-step directions for using the LCD as a second monitor. It involves detaching the LCD panel and attaching it to a controller board, which you can buy or build yourself if you’re handy.

Part 3. Connecting to another laptop to Get Files off a Broken Laptop Screen

I have an ACER that the screen won’t work on…i can get a picture temporarily and then it goes away. I would just like to transfer my files from that laptop to another. What is the best way?”

In a rare case where the above methods to recover files on your broken laptop do not work, you will want to use your broken laptop’s hard drive with a working machine to recover your files. It might sound too difficult initially but as you go along you will find it is actually easy to do.

The following is how to retrieve data from broken laptop by using its drive with another computer.

  • 1. Remove your hard drive

    The first thing you will need to do is remove the hard drive from your existing broken laptop. In a laptop computer, you will probably see a dedicated flap for accessing the hard drive, which you can open by removing a few screws. Disconnect the hard drive from the cables that go into it, and take it out.

     Pic 7. remove hard drive
    Pic 7. remove hard drive
  • 2. Buy an external USB enclosure

    You are going to need a hard drive USB enclosure to attach your drive to your other computer. You want to make sure the one you buy is compatible with your drive. For example, you’re using a laptop of 2.5 SATA drive, you will need a 2.5 SATA adapter.

     Pic 8. external usb enclosure
    Pic 8. external usb enclosure
  • 3. Install your HDD

    Put your hard drive into the enclosure you have purchased. Make sure it fits in perfectly.

  • 4. Connect your HDD to a functional PC

    It is time to connect your hard drive to your working computer. Do so and it will appear under File Explorer. You can then copy files from it to the local drives of your machine.

     Pic 9. connect hard drive
    Pic 9. connect hard drive

Although a bit technical, it is a good way on how to retrieve files from a broken laptop.

Note: What to Do If Access is denied to external hard drive

If it says access is denied while trying to access your external hard drive, you can run a scan for the drive and that should fix the issue for you.

  • Find your drive in This PC, right-click on it, and select Properties.

     Pic 10. drive properties
    Pic 10. drive properties
  • Click on the Tools tab and hit Check.

     Pic 11. check drive
    Pic 11. check drive

When checking is finished, your drive will open without any issues.


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Vera is an editor of the MiniTool Team since 2016 who has more than 5 years’ writing experiences in the field of technical articles. Her articles mainly focus on disk & partition management, PC data recovery, video conversion, as well as PC backup & restore, helping users to solve some errors and issues when using their computers. In her spare times, she likes shopping, playing games and reading some articles.