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Extracting data from a dead laptop


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A few days ago, I attempted to boot a Dell XPS M1530 with no success (didn't load BIOS, whirred for a few seconds and then died down unlike its normal boot pattern). I've conceded that this laptop has died after previously getting NLS data errors constantly when booting up.

As a result, I'm looking to salvage the hard drive but some what confused to how to do this myself. I've come across some products advertised as "external HDD enclosures" which to my interpretation essentially turns an internal HDD into an external HDD. Is this the case?

If it is any help, I have a Samsung HM250JI HDD.

Cheers!
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VANTEC NexStar TX NST-210S2-BK Aluminum 2.5" USB 2.0 External Enclosure - $9.99 Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817392032

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Or, you can get something similar (depending on drive type) to this Notebook to IDE Hard Drive Adapter. In this way, you can install the notebook drive as a secondary (not boot) drive in to a PC, then copy your data off.
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The desktop at home is an absolute wasteland and I plan to avoid using that so I would prefer to have this HDD (SATA) converted into an external hard drive.

Would something like this be adequate?:

http://ht.com.au/par...-USB/detail.hts
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Yes, according to the posted specifications it should work.
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Just fixed it up with the above enclosure and I'm relieved that it does work. Thanks for your help guys!
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Thanks for the followup!
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You're welcome. :)
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