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2.5 inch laptop hard drive without the cover

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May 12, 2013 3:55:24 PM

I am saving information from a old dell inspiron that will not start.
My plan was to remove the hard drive and connect it to my desktop using a IDE to USB adapter.
When I got the drive out, however, I saw the 4 power pins, but no 40 others.
After looking at Wikipedia, I realized that the cover had been removed.
What is the best way to get the information off this hard drive?

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a c 813 G Storage
May 13, 2013 2:34:37 PM

laptop idr drives are not setup exactly like their desktop counterparts.
They are grouped closer together to form 1 large but smaller connector. Like this:


If you only see the 4 pins on the side its likely you have another connector already on the ide connector which should just slide off unless theres a houseing you need to remove. Maybe something like this:
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