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My laptop computer was ruined by spilling water on it. We have the hard drive from this computer. How do I salvage data from the hard drive?

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Search online for a 'hard drive caddy' and use it to read the hard drive on another computer via USB.

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The caddy will usually be a small case containing some circuitry to convert the sata connections on the hard drive to a USB connection

You can then use the drive as an external backup drive.

There are also plain sata-USB interfaces which do the job without including a pretty case.

However, the success of this approach will depend on whether your original laptop drive was encrypted with software like bitlocker. If it was you might be out of luck. You will probably need the bit locker recovery key and have to install the drive in a similar (if not identical) laptop and try to boot it up. You will normally be asked for the recovery key on boot if the encryption software detects it is connected to a different system board from the original.

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You buy a removable hard drive enclosure and insert that drive into it. Your data will be on it, UNLESS that got shorted out too. The enclosure has a USB cable which connects to another computer and you will see the HD as a Removable Volume.

As I said, the best thing to do is to take it to a repairer. They can check the HD and sell you the enclosure. There MAY be a fuse on the Power Supply Unit, but the water will have hit the motherboard first. My view is that it is beyond economical repair. A new motherboard is a couple of hundred bucks, and who knows if the PSU and HD went out with it. Better to replace and learn from the experience

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