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If the drive in the lappy is sata (esata)... it is just a standard sata drive. Once you pull the drive from the laptop, all you need to do is remove the adapter from the end of the HDD. You will then have both the standard sata connector, and the power connector you can use to connect the drive to another PC's motherboard SATA connectors. If the drive ends up being IDE, you can connect it to an IDE connector on your motherboard (if you have one), or get an IDE to SATA adapter.

If the MFT (Master File Table) is not corrupt, you should be able to read all of the files on the drive as if it a secondary drive on the PC it is connected to. You may need to initialize the drive in Windows Disk Management, but if asked to format, likely the partition table has been corrupted. Although it shouldn't need to be said, under no circumstances should you format, or create a new partition on the drive! Instead, if this occurs, close out of disk management, and download a program (I suggest Recuva) that can read a corrupt HDD.

You should then be able to recover the files you need from the laptop drive.
Edited by xandypx - 8/17/11 at 8:42am
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I think you should burn ubuntu to a cd, boot into ubuntu live, then you can work with the files there.

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what everyone else has said, and you don't need to turn the test rig off, as sata drives are hot swappable regardless if its a direct connection or usb.
    
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