how do I slave in a hard drive from a laptop into a PC?

I have a HP laptop with a Seagate Momentus 5400.3 - Serial AT Disc drive 160gb.
The laptop had liquid spilled on it and the unit is toast.  I believe the HD is still okay.
I am trying to find a way to retreive the data on the HD.  
Does anyone know a way to interface the laptop HD with a PC?  I'm hoping there is an adapter out there that will allow this.

Any ideas.  Thanks. -Eric
ericjaxAsked:
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ittogoCommented:
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Devices like the above are very handy, but if you don't have one, you can usually just take the drive out of the laptop and hook it up to a desktop (provided you have the right data and power cables).
Brian GeeCommented:
There are adapters for this like noted above, but you can always buy an external USB enclosure as well. Going this route will then allow you to use the 2.5" HDD as an external storage drive for portability.
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ittogoCommented:
If the drive is SATA then you should be able to connect it directly to the PC.  If it is IDE you will need an adapter, since the power and IDE cable are different form factors.
PlantwizCommented:
Or if you want to slave it to your desktop via the 40/80 pin cable, you might use something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812203012&cm_re=2.5_to_3.5_adapter-_-12-203-012-_-Product

I've used the above as well as several of the brands of USB coverters, no problem with any of them.  The above tool is very simple and quick to use if you don't mind opening your desktop chassis

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PlantwizCommented:
I should add, you'll need a jumper on the 2.5" drive to make it act as a slave if that is what you want.
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
As noted above, since it's a SATA drive, you can simply connect it to a spare SATA port in your desktop with SATA power & data cables and it will work fine.     There's no jumpering required, since it's a SATA drive.

If you don't have a spare SATA data cable, you can buy one very inexpensively here:
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10226&cs_id=1022601&p_id=1251&seq=1&format=2
(Your system likely has a spare power cable)

If you'd prefer to not open the desktop case, an adapter like the one suggested in the first post is a VERY simple way to do this ... and as already noted, this is a very handy gadget to have.    This one works fine, and is much less expensive than the one suggested above:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812232002&cm_re=IDE_to_usb-_-12-232-002-_-Product
ericjaxAuthor Commented:
Just what I was looking for.  Thanks.
Brian GeeCommented:
<<Just what I was looking for.  Thanks.>>

Keep in mind that you said you had a SATA drive and the Accepted Answer links to an IDE adapter...
ericjaxAuthor Commented:
I didn't say it was SATA, someone else above said that.  The drive is IDE.

Thanks.
ericjaxAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I did say SATA.  My mistake.

Brian GeeCommented:
<<I have a HP laptop with a Seagate Momentus 5400.3 - Serial AT Disc drive 160gb>>

Ah OK. I read the above to mean SATA.
Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
"... I have a HP laptop with a Seagate Momentus 5400.3 - Serial AT Disc drive 160gb. "   ==>  "Serial AT" certainly means SATA.

In addition, the Seagate Momentus 5400.3 manual says it's SATA:
http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/support/disc/manuals/notebook/momentus/5400_3/100398882d.pdf

Did you take the hard drive out of the laptop to confirm what the interface is?    There may have been some early 5400.3 drives that were IDE ... but later ones are certainly SATA -- and your question DID say it was SATA.
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