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2.5 HDD enclosure woes

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by MrsKitty, Jul 5, 2007.


  1. MrsKitty

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    I have a newer Toshiba lappy with a Toshiba HDD that is not a mini-IDE connection. My plan to pop it in an enclosure and access it isn't working... Ideas?

    Does anybody make an adapter?

    I suspect this is Toshiba's way to force me to buy another HDD...which I don't need! I need a MB and am trying to get to some files of this system.

    My only other idea is to pop it in a new laptop (that isn't mine--mine are mini-IDE) but I haven't gotten permission to do that, yet but the way things are going I wouldn't be suprised to find it is mini-IDE instead of this funky card-type connection.

    Help!

    Thanks, guys! :wavey:
     

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  2. HAVOC

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    Alright, what specifically is the drive? Is it an SATA drive? That tech has filtered into laptops now. Does it look like the connectors here?
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    If not, are you sure it doesn't have an adapter that's plugged into the 44 pin IDE port?

    What's the model number of the drive? I can't imagine they made a completely custom drive just to nail you on buying drives from them in the future. Maybe a picture of the interface from a couple of useful angles?
     

  3. MrsKitty

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    Yup, it is SATA. I didn't recognize it...

    MK4032GSX
     
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  5. MrsKitty

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    I am going to see if I can find another laptop or desktop I can pop it into. Surely, somebody I know with a new one should have a fit. All our stuff is IDE.

    Prices for these adapters/enclosures is as much as the drive itself! :shocked:

    Thanks! :wavey:
     
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  7. MrsKitty

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    I looked at those at New Egg. The ones with reviews didn't seem too promising.
     
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    For notebook 2.5" hard drives the power for them is the same connector as the data cable. This would make them different from a desktop 3.5" serial ATA drive. The external enclosures for them are becoming more common. They are popular with Apple Imac's but Mac accessories can be a bit pricey.
     
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    I had great customer service from CMS Products.

    They hooked me up when I upgraded my laptop HD. They sent the enclosure, cable, and software. And, I spoke to a real person in the CONUS.
     
  10. Tennessee Slim

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    I've had a stable of 1.8" and 2.5" external enclosures for > 2 years, always housing a Toshiba HDD. My "biggie" at the moment is a 120GB (w/16MB cache) MK1234GSX in this enclosure. It's been glitch-free. I think this will fit yours, too. Anyway, you can get the complete specs on your HDD here .
     
  11. MrsKitty

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    I think we are just going to pick up another laptop. If we get something with a SATA HDD, I can pop it in there to backup the docs. I am pretty certain the MB is shot and it just isn't logical to replace it when the laptop was less than $400 and can be replaced for about the same--it is used for email, Internet and Word mostly so there is no need to pick up a top of the line model.

    Thanks, guys! :wavey: