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Retrieving Data from a Lap Top Hard Disk

Hi Experts,
Yesterday my laptop hp nx9010 did not start. The hard disk somehow lost the Boot sector or the Operative system.
So I replaced the 40 gb with an 80gb HD.

Now there are some REALLY IMPORTANT FOLDERS y would like to recover from the old Disk.
I'm wondering if it can still work as a slave disk or something.

If this is the case or any other suggestion you may have please let me know.

What can I do to recover the data from the old Hard disk?
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
get an external drive housing
Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:

Something like that....insert your original drive and attach to  your notebook via USB.

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get a mobile hdd enclosure and it works like a usb disk.
Get an adapter that allows you to convert from full-size IDE cable to tiny laptop-drive connector.

Then, hook it up to a working computer and see if you can recover anything. If you are lucky, it is not too corrupted. This might work because it won't have to boot off your flaky drive. It just has to read it so it might work even though, for example, windows is corrupted.
Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:

...and that's the do-hicky that adg mentioned
RGuillermoProject ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks to you all!!
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