Recovering data off of a Dell Laptop Hard Drive

Hey there everybody.

I'm sorry if this has already been asked and answered, but I haven't been able to find the thread on it.

My friend removed her laptop hard drive because the laptop was fried (I don't know why or how, so no we can't use the laptop to access them) and put it into her desktop as a secondary. I'm not there with her so I'm just going by what she's told me but she can't access her documents; pictures, music, videos etc.. The hard drive says it's only 15 gb, she said it's a lot larger than that. I googled around a bit and all I could find was that there could be a 'hidden recovery partition' on the hdd.

Like I said I have looked around and the only thing I can find is how to access it on the original laptop and how to gain permissions for 'access denied' folders. But as said, it seems to be like there's a hidden partition we can't access somewhere!

Any help would be amazing! Thanks! :)
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  1. The "hidden" partition would only happen if:

    1. The HDD had a OS recovery partition.

    2. The user created a hidden partition via TruCrypt,etc.

    If you doubt the size of the HDD, you can google up the model of the HDD and that would tell you the specs.

    Can she see the HDD in Disk Manager/Explorer?
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