Originally Posted by make install
I took out the hard drive from my broken non-working dell inspiron 9200 laptop.
The hard drive appears to be a hot swappable type of a male connector of some sort but I'm not certain.
you've got every reason not to be certain. Judging from the number of contacts, I'd assume this is a plain ordinary IDE drive with the laptop's adapter still attached to the 44pin IDE connector, and IDE has never been hot-swappable. Can you try to gently pull away that adapter, without using too much force? Maybe you have to pry sideways a bit, but be careful not to bend the connector pins.
I assume that once you get it off, you'll find a standard 44pin 2.0mm-grid connector, and you can use any off-the-shelf USB/IDE enclosure. These are available at about 5 Euros and up (don't know about availability and pricing outside Germany) from mail-order shops, and start at about 10..15 Euros in retail stores.
Just to be sure: Can you read the exact drive type on the label? That would allow to look for details in a data sheet.
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