Will a male to male USB cable work to transfer files from a dead laptop to a working pc?

mattetnecniv

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My laptop broke during an upgrade and keeps searching for a previous version of Windows, eternally on loop. I don't want to lose the files on the laptop by reinstalling windows and doing a full reset just yet, so was wondering what the cheapest and most effective way to get the files would be? If I bought a USB male to male cable and plugged my dead laptop and a working laptop together, would the dead laptop be picked up as a drive without having power or an operating system, enabling me to transfer the files as though the dead laptop was a USB drive? Is there a particular USB male to male cable that I need to buy? Any other ideas would be welcome, thank you!
 
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