Tranfer information from Destop Hardisk to Laptop

I would like to buy a laptop, but there's a circumstance that I'm still curious about. I'm using destop now. Whenever my friends have problem with there pc, I could simply take his HD to my home and backup everything into my pc. Then, I can format that HD very simply.

Now, if I have laptop, it's not so easy to take off the case...lol So, I would like to know that is there any kind of hardware that will connet my laptop with IDE HD?
boringnaaAsked:
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ridCommented:
Most laptop HD's are IDE (ATA), only their connectors are different from the ordinary 3.5" desktop HD's. What you would need is an adapter between the internal HD connector(which is maker-specific) and an ordinary 40-pin IDE connector. If you're helping people out on a regular basis with this kind of problem, I'd suggest you hang on to your desktop computer as well. I suppose there may be USB or Firewire-connected enclosures for IDE HD's, but I don't think these will help much, as you won't have much control over drive geometry etc. E.g. you wouldn't be able to run the basic diagnostic programs on such a drive, since these utilities often want a "DOS" environment to function properly.
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boringnaaAuthor Commented:
Hi RID,
If the hd has an os on it, but my friends cannot boot into the os(let's say Windows XP). And I want to connect that HD to my laptop to copy all the file into my laptop...and format that HD...whould that be ok?

From you answer you told me to use "internal HD connector and an ordinary 40-pin IDE connector". Is there anyway to use "ordinary 40-pin IDE connector" and something else that could connect externally with my laptop?

Thank
Peach
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buckeyes33Commented:
you sure can.

you can use something like this.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=578548&sku=K450-8052

you just plug the box into an outlet and plug the usb cable into your labtop and you are off and a way.

There are some cheaper ones then this out there.  You probably would be best of looking at Comp usa, staples, Office Depot for cheaper prices.  This type of device is becoming ever more popular.
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ridCommented:
The suggested enclosure would be very useful for dumping data, IF the box uses the same drive parameters as the original computer did, otherwise there would be a definite problem. Also I would NEVER format a drive in another computer than the one it is going to be used in, unless there were really compelling circumstances.
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boringnaaAuthor Commented:
Thank guys
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