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Topic # 143293 9-Apr-2014 17:32
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So I have a internal hard drive that I'm trying to turn into an external hard drive. 

Its a Seagate hard drive:

http://www.impactcomputers.com/418264-001.html

I purchased a 2.5" sata external case but the ports don't match up with my hard drive so I can't plug it in. This is my first time trying this and I don't really know all the technical terms so I am pretty confused!

Please help!

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  Reply # 1022310 9-Apr-2014 17:41
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how you mean they dont match up?




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  Reply # 1022311 9-Apr-2014 17:42
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are you sure the enclosure you bought is a SATA enclosure and not an IDE?






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  Reply # 1022312 9-Apr-2014 17:45
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Check the hard drive height - 9.5mm vs 7mm. 80GB is a really small old drive, that could be part of the problem. This enclosure explicitly says it supports 7mm to 12mm drives, so should be ok. Though you can get a 500GB USB 3.0 drive for about $80 so honestly I don't think it's worth the money.




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  Reply # 1022325 9-Apr-2014 17:58
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I'm converting it because my laptop no longer works but I want to get the data off the hard drive.

Basically the part that connects the enclosure to the hard drive doesn't match up. I don't know what the technical term is sorry!

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  Reply # 1022330 9-Apr-2014 18:01
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There are better products for that. I can't remember the name of it, but I have a little kit that lets me plug into any SATA/IDE drive into a USB port. That's what would be more useful, enclosure size doesn't matter. Someone else can probably think of the name of that sort of product.

Google "SATA port" and "IDE port" and look at the images - sata is couple cm long, ide is more like 4cm long and is a lot larger in general. Let us know which one your drive looks like.




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  Reply # 1022331 9-Apr-2014 18:03
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jandals: I'm converting it because my laptop no longer works but I want to get the data off the hard drive.

Basically the part that connects the enclosure to the hard drive doesn't match up. I don't know what the technical term is sorry!


take a photo please :)




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  Reply # 1022337 9-Apr-2014 18:10
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hio77: are you sure the enclosure you bought is a SATA enclosure and not an IDE?




Its definitely SATA. I looked up the code on the hard drive - it says its SATA in the link I posted.

Here is a picture of what I was trying to say.




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  Reply # 1022351 9-Apr-2014 18:12
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I'll try and take a better picture..

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  Reply # 1022358 9-Apr-2014 18:22
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Please link to the case you purchased.




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  Reply # 1022359 9-Apr-2014 18:24
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So the plugs/ports (whatever they are called) don't match up. Two of them look like they would fit but its slightly too big. The other plug/port is on the opposite side. 

I don't have it upside down or anything - it just does not fit :(

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  Reply # 1022361 9-Apr-2014 18:26
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it looks like the hard drive you have has some kind of adapter on it you may need to remove this.






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  Reply # 1022362 9-Apr-2014 18:26
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http://www.trademe.co.nz/computers/external-storage/external-hard-drives/auction-715733200.htm

Probably should have gone for a better quality one but I don't want to buy another and then have the same problem.

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  Reply # 1022363 9-Apr-2014 18:27
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Take the disk out of the caddy, I think it could have an adapter on it with real SATA connections behind.




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  Reply # 1022370 9-Apr-2014 18:42
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l43a2: it looks like the hard drive you have has some kind of adapter on it you may need to remove this.


Exactly, pull the adapter off the HDD, assuming you are putting a new HDD on the laptop you will need to put the adapter on the replacement HDD. 



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  Reply # 1022374 9-Apr-2014 18:47
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lxsw20:
l43a2: it looks like the hard drive you have has some kind of adapter on it you may need to remove this.


Exactly, pull the adapter off the HDD, assuming you are putting a new HDD on the laptop you will need to put the adapter on the replacement HDD. 


Thanks! You were right there was an adapter on it - it fits in now. Hopefully it works!

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