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If your hard disk did not get the water, you can retrive your data.

Get a Laptop IDE or SATA Adapter remove your hard disk from the faulty laptop and connect the hard disk to the adapter. Connect the adapter to a good system using a usb cable.

You should be able to retrive your data.
Good luck.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010

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