Files from Desktop hard drive to PC

I have an old desktop computer that's not functional anymore, however, I belive the hard drive is still OK. I would like to know if it's possible to browse the contents of that hard drive and transfer files to my laptop computer. If yes, how do I do that?

ps., if you need to know the type of that hard drive or something like that, I don't know cuz I don't have it with me right now. I could check in a week or so, though. Just tell me what and where I need to look cuz I don't know nothing about hardware. In fact, I doubt I've ever seen a hard drive in my life :D
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    You need to get a suitable (IDE or SATA) external enclosure, mount the hard disk inside it, and connect it to the laptop.

    Older hard disks are generally IDE; verify this.
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