I recently opened up my girlfriend's laptop (she shattered her screen, so she bought a new one instead of dishing out the costs to replace it) and took out the hard drive; unfortunately at the time, I didn't have the proper screw driver to remove the HD from it's casing, so I took it to my house in order to get the correct one. I accidentally dropped it from waist height onto a hard ground, however, and need to recover the data that was inside of it.
The hard drive is recognized, I presume, considering it gets to the 'Windows loading' page, but then suddenly crashes thereafter. Bearing in mind that I have very little knowledge in repairing hard drives in these types of situations, I've been told that since it is recognized, I can simply get an adapter kit and plug it directly into my PC, making sure it's set up as slave; then, I transfer whatever data is recognized onto my Master hard drive.
However, before I buy the adapter kit and whatnot, I'd like to know if this method is actually viable, or what some of the other alternatives are. At this point in time, I don't know if the problem is the 'clicking noise of death' or not - but I will say that when I put it back into the laptop the other day, I didn't hear that type of noise.
Any advice/insight would be much appreciated!
Edit: For those of you that may inquire, it's a SATA hard drive.