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Plug has fallen out of my laptop mobo

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First of all, let me preface this with "I'm an idiot"...

I have a 3 year old HP laptop that (about 6 months ago) the plug would no longer stay in the computer - turned out that the plug input (not sure what this is called) had detached from the mobo, requiring me to spend $200 to have some guy solder it back on. This worked for about 2 days, during which time I was able to save my most important files (work stuff mostly). By the time I got to my personal stuff (address book, mp3's, photos, tax returns - the stuff I really CARE about), the thing had fallen off again. I knew I needed an updated laptop anyway, so I bought a new one. Now, the time has come where I actually need some of those personal files. Aside from sending my old laptop out for drive recovery (the HD is fine - just a motherboard issue), is there anyway I can access my files? I was thinking about some sort of USB device (http://www.usb-ware....kit-dlx-188.htm), but not sure if it will power my HD... anyone have any thoughts/ideas?

Thanks! :tazz:
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yeah what you should do is just pull the disk drive out, and put it in an external enclosure
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