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[–] matthew-- [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Spot on mate, just what I was asking for.

Unfortunately, I don't have another PC or laptop, so I'll be getting an enclosure and hooking connecting it via USB. I did do this back in the day, but it was an IDE back then.

Wasn't having much luck searching it on Bing/Google, and it's a PITA doing so on a shitty smartphone, so thanks a lot for your help; much appreciated.

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[–] Venturer 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I would put my money on that it a SATA drive. Too new for an IDE drive and too old for M.2 or PCIe drive. If it looks like this it is a SATA drive, and any enclosure should work for it.

Also backup your stuff as soon as you recover it. It's not that expensive, and it will save you a huge frustration down the road.

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[–] matthew-- [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thanks mate.

Not the first time I've done this, back then it was an IDE though. Things change fast over a few years and wasn't sure what I needed.

Right about backing up data, thankfully I'd backed up most of my stuff already, nothing too important was lost. Just one file that kept track of my progress learning a second language.

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[–] obvious_throwaway1 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Have you removed the drive? It will be clearly evident by the connector. Very unlikely it's IDE. It's either SATA or M.2.

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[–] matthew-- [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yes. Removed HDD.

I haven't been into computers since finishing uni. Used to know what was what back in the day, and did my fair share of tinkering, but things change very fast.

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[–] obvious_throwaway1 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

If it's a 2.5" drive then it's SATA. You can buy a USB->SATA adapter on Amazon for roughly $10-15.

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[–] obvious_throwaway1 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

He can't view device manager if the motherboard is melted.