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Sunday 8 July 2012 11.18am
I need a firewire drive installing on my Dell laptop. Does anyone know of a good local computer shop/man/women that could help me out? Many thanks D
Monday 9 July 2012 9.59am
I used the laptop repair shop next to Lidl on the Old Kent Road and they have been excellent (twice).
Monday 9 July 2012 11.01am
Creative IT are very good

Phone: 020 7237 6805
80 The Willows Unit 1 Willow Walk
Southwark LondonSouthwark SE1 5SY
http://www.creativeit.tv/
Wednesday 18 July 2012 12.07pm
se1chap wrote:
I used the laptop repair shop next to Lidl on the Old Kent Road and they have been excellent (twice).

Is it this one?

My neighbour has just had his hard drive removed but now needs access to his business accounts on it. He did make it very clear he knew nothing about computers but the shop still said they had assumed he'd backed eveything up... They now tell him he needs a 'specialist' to access the drive. He's been quoted 200 from somewhere. Really?
Wednesday 18 July 2012 12.12pm
Not sure what its called but there's a PC repair shop on the junction of Tooley st and Jamaica road. It always seems to have people in when I pass :)
Wednesday 18 July 2012 12.15pm
It was a Jamica Road one that removed my neighbours hard drive and now says he needs a 'specialist'. Not sure if it's the same one. I'll find out.
Wednesday 18 July 2012 12.28pm
Dave_C wrote:
I need a firewire drive installing

In case you're not aware, Firewire is a type of connection. It's like USB but faster. This is why it's often used to connect external hard drives.

There's no such thing as a Firewire drive, but there are drives that connect by Firewire. If you already have a Firewire port (it will look like either of the two below), then you just need to plug in the drive. If you don't have a Firewire port you will need to have one fitted - which is often not possible on a laptop as there's nowhere to put it.


Wednesday 18 July 2012 8.32pm
dave:
if it is a laptop you want to use a firewire device with, look to check if you have a pcmcia port (slot) or an express post (smaller in width than the pcmcia one and either would be on the side of the laptop).
You can buy a pcmcia or express card to firewire adapter (checkout 7 day shop or ebay etc.) and you do this yourself - no pc person required.

if it is for a desktop - just buy from maplins/ebay etc. a firewire card. You open up the desktop computer and carefully stick it into the correct fitting pci slot. whilst doing this, computer to be plugged in at wall but switch on wall turned off. pc obviously off at this point.
if it needs a driver, then there would be a cdrom that comes with the card and you follow those instructions.
sometimes you need to load the driver onto the computer before you turn it all off - instructions would be with card.

it is really easy to do yourself.

Beetroot:
as for recovering a hard drive - sounds like they wiped it and resintalled the operating system? if so, you need a forensics specialist - I can recommend someone privately - if the hard drive has just been replaced and not written over of wiped, give me a shout, if I have time, I might copy the files you need off it - with you present of course.
Wednesday 18 July 2012 8.35pm
oh and dave, I think I've seen firewire to usb adapters as well - check out maplins and ebay
Thursday 19 July 2012 10.03am
beetroot wrote:
se1chap wrote:
I used the laptop repair shop next to Lidl on the Old Kent Road and they have been excellent (twice).

Is it this one?

My neighbour has just had his hard drive removed but now needs access to his business accounts on it. He did make it very clear he knew nothing about computers but the shop still said they had assumed he'd backed eveything up... They now tell him he needs a 'specialist' to access the drive. He's been quoted 200 from somewhere. Really?

Yes, that's the one.
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