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But my problem is the only other windows device at home is a laptop.. how do i connect an HDD to a laptop??
There are hard-drive to USB connector devices. What hard drive do you have?
I dont get that.. what do mean by type of harddrive??
the brand,hdd/ssd or interface??
Yes, SATA/IDE drive. You can get USB adapters, or external caddies. It's hellishly slow by comparison, but they work.
i guess its SATA..
i am hesitant to do all this 'coz i feel i will mess it all up,BIG TIME.
Should i just call in a pro??
As long as you don't use the drive (install the software on the laptop, then plug in the drive), then there's no reason you should have too many problems. The software previously mentioned is quite user-friendly.
Professional firms are rather expensive, although in your case probably not quite as expensive as they can be.
Now you get to pay the price.
Honestly... I'd say you're screwed. Consider the data lost, chalk it up to experience, and move on.