I have an Inspiron 600m laptop. The power supply connection (on the laptop itself, not just the power adapter) broke recently after being dropped on a hard floor. The hard drive and screen continued to operate normally until the battery drained down. Only then did I realize my problem. I don't expect to be able to repair the computer economically, but do need to recover the files that are on the hard drive. If I just had a way to charge up the battery, then I could run the computer long enough to get everything off the hard disk. I have not had any luck finding anyone with a compatible laptop to either charge the battery or put the hard drive into. I have only found one vendor online that sells a compatible external battery charger ($45), and they're out of stock. Can someone please give me a recommendation how I can charge the battery or otherwise get my files back without spending an arm and a leg???
Remove the hard drive, mount it in a 2.5" EIDE USB 2.0 case ($10-20; newegg.com has dozens of these) and attach it to a working system -- copy your data to the working system's hard drive. You'll then have a backup drive to use with a new system.
I forgot to mention that I tried to do that. The problem I had was finding a compatible enclosure case. When I searched, I was unable to find one that would work for my hard drive. Searching yesterday on newegg.com for "2.5" EIDE USB 2.0 case", I did find two cases. But I can't tell from the descriptions whether they are compatible for me. How can I be sure of that? I don't remember exactly what my previous search was. Maybe I didn't specify EIDE. I haven't kept up with different hard drive standards the last several years. I do know that my hard drive has very different pins than on the newer ones. That was the problem that came up with an external hard drive enclosure that a colleague offered to help me.
You need to pull that connector from the back of the drive to expose the pins. Then it'll fit in any standard EIDE drive case, such as: