I used to have a desktop which was running on a 160GB internal hard drive. I moved cities, so I ditched the desktop and took out just my internal to the new place. The disk has Ubuntu 12.04 installed as the OS.
It's a Seagate SATA 3.5" internal drive and it has a lot of important data which I would like to recover now. So, I bought an external enclosure (Rocketfish) and even though on Windows, I can see it on Device Manager, the drive doesn't show up. I can't see it at all on my Laptop (which runs Ubuntu 14.04). Rocketfish suggests that I format and repartition the drive to be able to use it, but that's not what I want to do. I want to be able to access the data in the internal disk.
Since I don't want to format it, I'm looking for options which will help me access the data as it is. Should I be looking for more external enclosure options or adapters which will help me do this? Or will all of them require me to format the disk? What else is possible?
The hard drive is in perfect working condition. I used it just a few weeks back when it was on my desktop.