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External connection to download a laptops hard drive content

I'm trying to find an external device that I can plug into my laptops internal hard drive (after I remove it from the laptop) to download my content. I've seen it where it's a serial plug to a USB plug. What is the naming convention of these devices because I'm having a hard time searching for them on the internet?

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