Originally Posted by dukie
I was trying to avoid ripping it out. i have done it before, i was just hoping there was an easier simpler way
That is by far the quickest and easiest way to do it. There's usually only one or two small screws holding a laptop drive in so no offense but I don't see what's difficult about it?
Get a cheap IDE (or SATA) > USB adapter, pop it out, plug it into adapter, plug into PC USB port, copy data.