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Choosing an HDD docking station

\015 I have a 250GB 2.5'' SATA HDD from a Toshiba Qasmio laptop that I need to extract data from. I have been advised to use a HDD docking station, and I see that there are many available. Can someone advise me on a good make (cost is not a problem) and whether they are universal because the connection on the HDD in question is on the side and not on the top, so I do not see how that can dock. All manufacturers make the docking and data retrieval process sound so easy, but are there any problems? What about the passwords that were on the computer it came from - do they cause a problem in accessing the HDD? Also, is it an advantage to go for an eSATA station rather than a SATA. Pardon my ignorance, but I want to learn. Thanks in advance.\015

Answers :

You just need a an external case that supports 2.5" Sata harddrives and they will connect to your computer via USB.
\015\012haven't seen a harddrive that has the connection on the side ,it is usually at the back ,it could be some sort of a Toshiba adaptor that you might have to remove.
\015\012The back should look like this :
\015\012There are many brands ,coolermaster ,nvidea etc ,some have USB ,firewire and eSata connectors (your PC has to have firewire and eSata in order to use them) The USB ones are usually cheaper.
\015\012As far as the password problem goes you can take ownership of that drive by using the security tab on the specific folder that you cannot access but this depends on which operating system you have .Windows XP pro and Vista home and upwards can do this.
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