i had searched other sites of how to's to try get picture of the hard drive, though the pics showed only the top side of drive w/ lable. was unknown to me that hard drives have exposed PCB(green printed circuit board) on the other side, didnt know b/c ths one had a frame; and after asking around found out all hard disc drives have exposed PCB (i so embarassed, but hey i'm careful being me a rookie). the hard drive frame had a small sheet of mylar to prevent/protect contact to the PCB board, hence my cautions.
the hard drive had a small hole on lable side that said not to cover the hole, so didnt want to lie the drive w/ the board facing up, which would'v covered the hole, bottom side.
i decided not to use the sabrent enclosure b/c was sooo thin and tight, and was concerned of damage to the PCB from contact touching the aluminum enclosure.
i used the hard drive w/ the hard drive frame off, and careful placed/slided into 2.5" drive protecter sleeve (care of not touching the copper on the PCB). connected the 44pins connecter to the vantec SATA/IDE to usb adapter connecter/interface. used external power source, and connected usb to good lappy. the hard drive whirred and made the same noises and clicks i recognized so well when was in the dead laptop. the drive showed up on my lappy and was able to save the data (i scanned first w/ antimalware program). results good, and happy.
tyvm all for help and assistance.
note, i dont know b/c no one seems to mention ths, but from my reads from how to's for opening up laptops/ or electronics for that matter, to be grounded so not to spark/shock the touched equip and parts which could damage and mess up the delicate electronics and boards. i found and used ths anti-static wrist strap, cordless (what's nice is ths one didnt require a connector cable to a ground, and it worked great)
thx again guys