Extract OS info from hard drive using hard drive adapter

Hello,

I have a dead PC (HP) and I managed to take out its hard disk. Can I recover some files (installation applications) that was deleted from the PC if I used hard disk adapter? I plan to use some forensic app to recover the files.
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  1. Yeah I don't see why you shouldn't be able to simply view the files if the HDD is still working. Recovery software is only used if the HDD was damaged beyond repair or has crashed horribly.
  2. Assuming it's another component that's gone in the system and not the hard drive then you should be able to put the drive in another machine and use something like a Ubuntu live CD to view and copy the files onto another device.
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