The motherboard on my Dell laptop just recently died out. As the laptop is outdated and not worth the money to repair I will be getting a new one. However between now and then I need to retrieve the information off of the HDD from the said laptop.
I Googled this and found cables to do it, however the laptop's end of the cable does not look compatible to the drive that is in front of me. I don't want to blow a few dollars and a few days waiting on something I don't need. So is there a different cable for it?
As you say, the drive's interface is SATA. This means you should be able to retrieve its data by connecting it to a SATA motherboard, or by installing it in a USB-SATA enclosure.
The cable is a converter that adapts a laptop drive with a 44-pin IDE interface to a motherboard that has a standard 40-pin IDE port. The end pins on the 44-pin interface are the +5V power pins. In a desktop application, power is provided via the Molex connector.