Just put it in some USB adapter and get your files out? Or use one of those 2.5 to 3.5 adapters.
It is highly unlikely XP will boot.
5 year old laptop is toast. I have removed the hard drive and have some future use for it. It still has XP Pro on it along with some files I would like to retrieve. This is what I want to do:
Boot the laptop hard drive (2.5" IDE)from a desktop computer. How can I do this? What are my options. The eventual plan is to back up the date on a new HD and install Ubuntu on the old drive. I have some friends that have never heard of Linux and I would like to be able to show them with this drive. Thoughts? Options? Thanks.