If the drive is dead, there is not much that you can do for it outside of trying some of the professional services in your area or sending it in to IBM. If it's your old laptop that's dead, you may have a spot in your new laptop for a second drive (some do some don't) and you can just install your drive in the new laptop (or have a shop do it as laptop modifications aren't for the faint of heart). Then retrieve the info you want and either remove the old drive, or format it and use it as extra storage (but 6.5G is pretty small IMO.)
I'd seen some enclosures for IDE drives with IEEE 1334 connectors and one that used USB (txfer rate was very slow), but they were pricey, and they used normal desktop IDE connectors not laptop IDE connectors.
I have a Travelstar harddrive (6.49GB - model DBCA-206480) that I'd like to retrieve some data from and put it on my new laptop. Is there a USB connector that I can use to do this? It doesn't have to be an external enclosure although that would be nice!