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snoochieboochie
Apr 5, 2013, 07:29 AM
Hi All,

Please excuse my lack of tech savy. My mac has died and all my notes from well pretty much all year are on there. I have taken the harddrive out but I need to know what interface (?) to buy to hook it up to my new laptop.

Obviously I can see what is written on the hard drive, but it's all just random numbers to me, can I find out what interface I will need from the serial number?

Help would be much appreciated, the last year of my life is on that computer.

On a side note, the little wire that runs the length of the computer and attaches to the hinge area is broken, could that be why my it died?

Thanks



simsaladimbamba
Apr 5, 2013, 07:33 AM
What MacBook Air do you have then? Have you looked at OWC/MacSales, they offer an adapter for 2010/2011/2012 MacBook Air SSDs?

justperry
Apr 5, 2013, 07:34 AM
A SATA to USB converter is by far the cheapest option, Ebay has plant, I will add a link shortly.


SATA to USB converter (http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0&_nkw=SATA+to+USB+converter+&_sacat=0&_from=R40)

snoochieboochie
Apr 5, 2013, 09:41 AM
Yea see I thought it would be a SATA to USB I need but there is no SATA interface, after some further inspection and research I have figured it to be a PATA drive. Apparently ' Instead of a standard PATA connector Apple uses a 40-pin ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) connector, which Samsung offers as an option on its drives' which means nothing to me?

It's quite an old one macbook, 2008 I think, the drive has 2007 written on it.

justperry
Apr 5, 2013, 10:09 AM
Yea see I thought it would be a SATA to USB I need but there is no SATA interface, after some further inspection and research I have figured it to be a PATA drive. Apparently ' Instead of a standard PATA connector Apple uses a 40-pin ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) connector, which Samsung offers as an option on its drives' which means nothing to me?

It's quite an old one macbook, 2008 I think, the drive has 2007 written on it.

What about this one?

http://www.cubeternet.com/servlet/Detail?no=25

LeeM
Apr 5, 2013, 10:15 AM
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ZIF-CE-or-Micro-IDE-1-8-50-pin-to-Mini-USB-2-0-Adapter-/400290967286?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d33336ef6

that i think.

tdhurst
Apr 5, 2013, 10:21 AM
Every Macbook, starting with its intro in 2006, has come with a Serial-ATA HD.

justperry
Apr 5, 2013, 10:27 AM
Every Macbook, starting with its intro in 2006, has come with a Serial-ATA HD.

No.

http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/MacBook+Air+Models+A1237+and+A1304+Hard+Drive+Replacement/860/2

http://guide-images.ifixit.net/igi/EiDsvO1dgsuZCDbS.medium

LeeM
Apr 5, 2013, 10:30 AM
Every Macbook, starting with its intro in 2006, has come with a Serial-ATA HD.

first gen airs had the same hdd as the ipod classics

snoochieboochie
Apr 5, 2013, 10:45 AM
Every Macbook, starting with its intro in 2006, has come with a Serial-ATA HD.

I may be a novice but I'm not blind haha, I am holding the thing, I can tell it's not a SATA drive haha

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Thanks very much for your help guys :D

tdhurst
Apr 5, 2013, 10:55 AM
To the two people pointing about MacBook Airs...

I said MacBook. MACBOOK. Not MBP or MBA.

M A C B O O K.

While I obviously read the headline wrong, most of you were wrong in correcting me.

LeeM
Apr 5, 2013, 11:33 AM
To the two people pointing about MacBook Airs...

I said MacBook. MACBOOK. Not MBP or MBA.

M A C B O O K.

While I obviously read the headline wrong, most of you were wrong in correcting me.

in the macbook air subsection, in a thread discussing macbook airs, its safe to assume you were referring to that version of macbook.

justperry
Apr 5, 2013, 11:39 AM
To the two people pointing about MacBook Airs...

I said MacBook. MACBOOK. Not MBP or MBA.

M A C B O O K.

While I obviously read the headline wrong, most of you were wrong in correcting me.

A Macbook Air is a Macbook, it's about a Macbook Air so you were wrong.

tdhurst
Apr 5, 2013, 11:42 AM
A Macbook Air is a Macbook, it's about a Macbook Air so you were wrong.

I already said I was wrong.

And a MacBook is not the same as a MacBook Air.

I've already said I read the title incorrectly.

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Yeah, ***** you guys. I was trying to help, made a mistake, admitted to my mistake, and asked that people correct me based on what I said, not what you inferred.

THANKS FOR REPEATEDLY POINTING OUT A MISTAKE I'VE ALREADY ADMITTED TO MAKING.

Mods: I'll log out now. One week ban? Okay!

justperry
Apr 5, 2013, 11:46 AM
I already said I was wrong.

And a MacBook is not the same as a MacBook Air.

I've already said I read the title incorrectly.

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Yeah, ***** you guys. I was trying to help, made a mistake, admitted to my mistake, and asked that people correct me based on what I said, not what you inferred.

THANKS FOR REPEATEDLY POINTING OUT A MISTAKE I'VE ALREADY ADMITTED TO MAKING.

Mods: I'll log out now. One week ban? Okay!

Banned for what, you didn't swear did you, nothing wrong here.

Nothing wrong with pointing out the Air had a different HD than you said.

Don't be offended.

Mrbobb
Apr 5, 2013, 12:46 PM
Kinda nostalgic to find the first Airs had real hard drive in them. At the time, solid state drives were like expensive novelty, now we just expect it.

B...
Apr 5, 2013, 03:01 PM
Kinda nostalgic to find the first Airs had real hard drive in them. At the time, solid state drives were like expensive novelty, now we just expect it.

Watched the intro of the Air in 2008 (?) and Steve Jobs said, "It will come with an 80 GB hard drive (!), configurable with a 64 GB SSD. Expensive, but really fast." If he said it was expensive, you know they were expensive.