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Hard Drive swap

Is it feasible to physically remove the hard drives from two separate Dell laptops (same model) and each function normally?

I'm having problems with the older of the two laptops and wish to obtain data off of the older hard drive. Thanks.

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You could purchase a 2.5" hard drive enclosure. These are usually powered purely by the USB cable. This will allow you to recover any data from the old hard drive.

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