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accessing hard drive on dead lap top

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Morning ya'll,
We were using an old sony P-1 lap top, and it just died. Talked to a tech friend and she thinks its a mechanical failure that has nothing to do with the hard drive.The old lap top is expendable, but it has a puile of business stuff on it I would really like to be able to get to.
My question is, is there a way to access that hard drive on my desk top PC. Any way to hook that lap top hard drive into my desktop?
The desk top is an e-machines Athalon.
Look forward to hearing back from ya'll

Steve @ Creations by Black Hawk
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Hi Steve

Your best bet would be to buy a 2.5inch USB drive caddy. This caddy is designed to hold laptop drives - you simply remove the drive from the laptop, place it in the caddy & conenct it to your desktop via the USB port.
I realise you probably don't live in England & this is a link to an English site, but it will give you a better idea of what to look for :

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