What I'd do is take the thing apart enough to be able to see the drive, but not actually remove the drive. All you need to know really is whether it's a mSATA or IDE drive. So just find a couple photos of both via Google or something, compare it to what you see and get the appropriate type of enclosure.
It should be pretty easy to tell the difference between the two from a casual glance once you know what you're looking for. Once you've got the enclosure you can fully extract the drive, but it's probably best to leave it in the computer until you're ready to transplant it. It reduces the odds of anything happening to the drive while you're out getting the enclosure, waiting for it to be shipped to you, etc.
Hey guys. I have a problem with my bleeping computer. It was always a piece of crap but a yearish ago it finally died. I can power it up, it powers up for bit, then dies, restarts, etc. Nothing ever making it to the screen. I have no love lost for that thing but I just realized I have files on that computer that I NEED.
The old (dead) computer that has the oh so crucial files on its hard drive is a (don't laugh) Acer Ferrari One 200 Series.
From what I understand by best chance is to physically remove the hard drive and put it in an enclosure and hope the hard drive itself isn't dead (which...I somewhat suspect it is)
My problem is I don't know and can't find the specs of the hard drive. The Acer site says it could be multiple things. Should I take the computer apart and take pics for you guys? I just somehow need to access that hard drive. Even to copy them to my current computer real quick but I need to know what enclosure to get, or even if that is the best idea
If the Hard disk is dead itself am I pretty much screwed?
Thanks for any tips! I know I sound disjointed and rattled I just need to get those files somehow