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SATA M.2 recovery, HELP!

My laptop died recently (100% convinced the motherboard shorted out) but I have many files and projects on it that are really important. I know, extremely foolish of me not to back up such important data.

 

I managed to extract the SATA m.2 SSD out of it, visually it looks intact so my question is: Can I just plug it into my Desktop PC via an external enclosure knowing it has basically and entire OS on it and extract my files?

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12 minutes ago, Ibeware said:

Can I just plug it into my Desktop PC via an external enclosure knowing it has basically and entire OS on it and extract my files?

If the drive wasn't encrypted using a hardware based encryption module in the laptop, you should be able to connect it to another machine and access the data.

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2 minutes ago, kirashi said:

If the drive wasn't encrypted using a hardware based encryption module in the laptop, you should be able to connect it to another machine and access the data.

I'm not sure about about hardware encryption, it was a old Acer Aspire 5, however my fear is that my PC might try to format the drive if I plug it in. (I apologise, I'm not very tech literate)

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No reason it would. If it did you'd just say no anyway and look for other solutions. 

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