A way to use a removed computer hard drive

express, Feb 9, 6:07am
What is the enclosure I should buy? How do I tell which one to buy? Are they a plug and play thing? The hard drive just fits in to the case with all connections in it?

skin1235, Feb 9, 6:25am
all great questions

that we cannot answer until you tell us what type of drive it is to start with, even a model number or some details off the face label could help


trade_menow, Feb 9, 6:30am
laptop or desktop - IDE or sata ?

sqidlie, Feb 9, 7:16am

express, Feb 9, 7:47am
How do you tell if its ide or sata? Its from a desktop. Thanks mazdaix. There are lots of numbers on the top.

king1, Feb 9, 7:53am
I want one!

king1, Feb 9, 7:54am
these are laptop drives , desktops are just bigger but ports are similar
http://wiki.freegeek.org/images/2/21/Pata-vs-sata.jpg

pata = parallel ata = ide (the interface type)

mrfxit, Feb 9, 7:30pm
IDE, also known as PATA (mostly IDE) have a wide strip of double row pins on the back

Sata have 2 short card type connectors just off the side of the center of the drive

Kings link has good pictures
http://wiki.freegeek.org/images/2/21/Pata-vs-sata.jpg

(2.5" & 3.5" hdd's)
Laptop IDE/Pata hdd's have a smaller version of the wide double pin row connector

Laptop & desktop Sata hdd's have the same 2 short strip connectors

express, Feb 9, 8:01pm
Thanks everyone for your help especially those who put up the informative links. Have a good day and God bless you all.

ctnz, Feb 9, 9:49pm
Bought a number of enclosures for drives from old laptops, they make great cheap loaner drives.

hakatere1, Aug 26, 4:06pm
If you get 'em back.

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