Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




some call me @jevvv
563 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 79

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

Topic # 100492 12-Apr-2012 12:23
Send private message

Hi all,

Someone in our house managed to kill the usb port on the side of my Seagate portable external hard drive.  Thankfully it is only the port that's been ripped off, which means I can put the hard drive into a new enclosure.

So my question is how do I find the right enclosure?  The drive is a 2.5" and is about 14.5mm thick which seems quite a lot thicker than a lot of the enclosures themselves.

Do you have any suggestions?

Sorry if I put this in the wrong forum.

 

--

jevvv




Housewife computerer: not particularly great at either. 
And don't take me too seriously. 


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
13237 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2214

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 608199 12-Apr-2012 12:50
Send private message

A quick look around suggests enclosures don't commonly come that high. Probably easier to buy a new drive, it's probably pretty old anyway at that height.




AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, Sysop Administrator Associate, and Developer Associate
TOGAF certified enterprise architect
Professional photographer




some call me @jevvv
563 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 79

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 608215 12-Apr-2012 13:10
Send private message

Darn - I was hoping you weren't going to say that.

I've only had it a year :( Story of my life.

In reality what I need is the green board that plugs in, with the small usb port on it... the usb port got ripped off the board




Housewife computerer: not particularly great at either. 
And don't take me too seriously. 


 
 
 
 


1828 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 215
Inactive user


  Reply # 608230 12-Apr-2012 13:34
Send private message

And here's where it gets real interesting when looking for replacement external case's

is it
A: A standard 2.5" SATA/IDE HDD or
B: is the usb and related controller a part of the HDD's PCB

Seagate have been known to use both you'll need to pull it out and take a look if it's the second case you may be SOL unless you know someone handy with a soldering iron

also see here

[url]http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/external-storage/other/auction-464056436.htm[url]

602 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 38


  Reply # 608232 12-Apr-2012 13:40
Send private message

Most enclosures seem to support the 9.5mm height 2.5 inch drive and don't allow 12mm or larger.
Does the drive itself have a standard SATA connector?

If the drive itself is a good one and has a SATA interface, I see two main options:

1. Get an enclosure for a 3.5 inch drive - you will most likely need some sort of mounting kit to install the smaller 2.5 inch drive.
2. Sell the drive on the Offers and Wanted forum (or Trademe) and get a new drive.




#include <standard.disclaimer>



some call me @jevvv
563 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 79

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 608233 12-Apr-2012 13:40
Send private message

I suppose now is the time to put up a (rather blurry) photo:





Housewife computerer: not particularly great at either. 
And don't take me too seriously. 


13237 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2214

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 608236 12-Apr-2012 13:48
Send private message

Is it SATA or IDE?




AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, Sysop Administrator Associate, and Developer Associate
TOGAF certified enterprise architect
Professional photographer




some call me @jevvv
563 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 79

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 608240 12-Apr-2012 13:54
Send private message

Um - last I looked I thought that was SATA

This is the picture on Wikipedia that matches the connector on my drive
The caption says SATA connector on a hard drive:




Housewife computerer: not particularly great at either. 
And don't take me too seriously. 


13237 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2214

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 608241 12-Apr-2012 13:55
Send private message

Yep that's sata




AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, Sysop Administrator Associate, and Developer Associate
TOGAF certified enterprise architect
Professional photographer




some call me @jevvv
563 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 79

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 608242 12-Apr-2012 13:58
Send private message

alexx: Most enclosures seem to support the 9.5mm height 2.5 inch drive and don't allow 12mm or larger.

Yeah, shame that.  Seems Seagate went and did their own thing that way :grrr:

 

1. Get an enclosure for a 3.5 inch drive - you will most likely need some sort of mounting kit to install the smaller 2.5 inch drive


I suppose I could jury rig a mounting kit - the key factor being "hold this [insert applicable object] firmly here" so that stuff lines up and doesn't wobble around ;)




Housewife computerer: not particularly great at either. 
And don't take me too seriously. 




some call me @jevvv
563 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 79

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 608244 12-Apr-2012 13:59
Send private message

timmmay: Yep that's sata


Thanks timmmay - I was hoping I hadn't gone crosseyed and forgotten something :)




Housewife computerer: not particularly great at either. 
And don't take me too seriously. 


13237 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2214

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 608246 12-Apr-2012 14:05
Send private message

3.5" enclosure and expanding foam from the hardware store? You can get mounting kits for about $10 which are probably a cleaner solution.

http://www.ascent.co.nz/productspecification.aspx?ItemID=8297920




AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, Sysop Administrator Associate, and Developer Associate
TOGAF certified enterprise architect
Professional photographer




some call me @jevvv
563 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 79

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 608257 12-Apr-2012 14:25
Send private message

Sounding more and more like a plan to me Timmmay.

Nah I wouldn't go the expanding foam route, I'd use timber wedges...

Ooooo - I could to a steam punk hdd enclosure! Really all I need is the board to plug into the hdd, as long as it has a usb port on it I guess




Housewife computerer: not particularly great at either. 
And don't take me too seriously. 




some call me @jevvv
563 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 79

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 608300 12-Apr-2012 15:12
Send private message

My son would be keen for me to SteamPunk the drive I'm sure ;)




Housewife computerer: not particularly great at either. 
And don't take me too seriously. 


3267 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 77

Trusted

  Reply # 608319 12-Apr-2012 15:43
Send private message

Would you like me to try and solder the connector back on? Some of the copper tracks on the circuit board might have been ripped up, but should be fixable. I've been doing electronics for 26 years (since age 13) and in Auckland. I would need only the green circuit board and connector, not the drive/case.




You can never have enough Volvos!




some call me @jevvv
563 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 79

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 608355 12-Apr-2012 16:58
Send private message

That sounds like an even better plan Niel! Thank you for the offer. Yes a couple of the tracks seem to have been lifted a bit.

Can I post it to you - the board and the connector, so you can have a look and let me know if it's do-able?

Thanks,
j




Housewife computerer: not particularly great at either. 
And don't take me too seriously. 


 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

UFB killer app: Speed
Posted 17-Nov-2017 17:01


The case for RSS — MacSparky
Posted 13-Nov-2017 14:35


WordPress and Indieweb: Take control of your online presence — 6:30 GridAKL Nov 30
Posted 11-Nov-2017 13:43


Chorus reveals technology upgrade for schools, students
Posted 10-Nov-2017 10:28


Vodafone says Internet of Things (IoT) crucial for digital transformation
Posted 10-Nov-2017 10:06


Police and Facebook launch AMBER Alerts system in NZ
Posted 9-Nov-2017 10:49


Amazon debuts Fire TV Stick Basic Edition in over 100 new countries
Posted 8-Nov-2017 05:34


Vodafone VoIP transition to start this month
Posted 7-Nov-2017 12:33


Spark enhances IoT network capability
Posted 7-Nov-2017 11:33


Vocus NZ sale and broadband competition
Posted 6-Nov-2017 14:36


Hawaiki reaches key milestone in landmark deep-sea fibre project
Posted 4-Nov-2017 13:53


Countdown launches new proximity online shopping app
Posted 4-Nov-2017 13:50


Nokia 3310 to be available through Spark New Zealand
Posted 4-Nov-2017 13:31


Nest launches in New Zealand
Posted 4-Nov-2017 12:31


Active wholesale as Chorus tackles wireless challenge
Posted 3-Nov-2017 10:55



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.