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Copying laptop files without an OS

Question: I need to copy files from my laptop to another computer, but the laptop no longer has a functioning operating system installed on it. What can I do?

The IT Guy says:
I recommend you install the non-functioning laptop hard drive as a slave drive to another computer, and then copy the files over. Because of the different connectors used for laptop vs desktop size hard drives, I recommend you borrow or purchase a 2.5" to 3.5" hard drive adapter kit and use it connect your laptop drive to the desktop PC. After your desktop computer is recognizing the laptop hard drive as a new drive letter, you should be able to copy any files you want to save over to the desktop’s main hard drive.

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