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How to retreive data from harddrive on dead laptop

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I have a toshiba laptop that appears to have a hardware problem. will not boot, goes right to the boot menu, but will not allow me to select to boot in safe mode, or change the boot order.  The keyboard is unresponsive.  I want to restrieve the data that is on the harddrive and copy it over to a new drive on a new computer.  How would I do this.
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As well as the IDE connector and usb enclosure mentioned above, you could also use a usb to IDE/SATA cable. I find this the simplest and quickest way to access a hdd:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/136214

Good luck!!!
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The process is very simple:

(1)  Remove the hard drive from the laptop

(2)  Connect it to the PC via a USB bridge devices ... this is a good one from a US source:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002&cm_re=ide_to_usb_vantec-_-12-232-002-_-Product

(3)  The drive will now be "seen" as an external USB drive.    Depending on what OS was used on the laptop and the security settings in the OS, you may need to "Take Ownership" of the file system ... this is very easy, but exactly how you do it depends on what OS you're running on the new system.    If you need help with that, just Google "Take Ownership" ... or ask a question here.
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another way is booting from a live cd, and copy your data to another (uSB) disk
i use Knoppix for that : ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/dist/knoppix/KNOPPIX_V6.4.4CD-2011-01-30-EN.iso 
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