Help Rescue Info from Dead or Dying Laptop Hard Drive

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A Compaq Presario 900 laptop running XP home froze and rebooted.

Error message was something similar to "Boot disk error occurred" Press Ctrl+ALT+Del to restart. Upon reboot the same message.

After googling found a link to diagnostics at the Hitachi website and ran them
message received was "smart test failure- send drive to vendor"

Friend then found the recovery CD so placed that in and ran the recovery
which took me to the C: prompt. Ran CHKDSK /R (it took about 24 hrs) moving 1% every 15 minutes.

This morning had the C prompt again, Removed the CD and rebooted.
Something about a TRAP error 6 showed on the screen as well as some Eax type things. Rebooted again, TRAP error 8 with "double fault" with more gibberish on screen.

Found a reference to "Extracting data from a dead laptop with a laptop hard drive adapter" and about to pursue that avenue but don't know how fruitful it will be. IF the desktop HD sees the laptop HD - just copy the files over, right? And if the desktop HD DOES NOT see the laptop HD then ???

What I'd like to do is recover certain files from the dead drive by any means possible (starting with the least expensive and easiest and progressing accordingly).

I'd greatly appreciate any further suggestions.
If all else fails any recommendations on data recovery software or firms would be great (I have spinrite and it says the drive is in bad shape and that the recovery option may take over 40 hours).

Thank you
 
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