Any way I can hook up a SATA drive to my Mac as an external?

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  1. ravenvii macrumors 604

    ravenvii

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    I am selling my gaming PC soon. But I want to take out the HD before selling it. But the problem is that the HD is a SATA drive, and I can't find a firewire or USB 2.0 external enclosure for SATA drives. Does any exist? Should I keep the SATA drive, or leave it in the PC I'm selling?
     
  2. brap macrumors 68000

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    This was from the first google that came to mind -- "external sata enclosure".
    :)
     
  3. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    They all (if you read carefully) actually outputs to SATA. Not USB 2.0 or Firewire. So they won't work with my Mac mini.
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Transfer your data and leave it in the PC -- then use the money to buy a new external firewire drive, or a seagate IDE drive with a 5 year warranty that you'll put in a firewire case yourself.

    You'll get a new warranty on the new drive... and selling the gamini PC without a HD will get you less money.
     
  5. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    :eek: the price is steep... I might as well get a new external drive with that money.

    There's no data I want to keep on the PC HD, it's just that it's a nice HD, and a 80 GB extra couldn't hurt. But looks like I'll just leave it in the PC. Oh well, no biggie.
     
  6. brap macrumors 68000

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    Good point. This one is a combo IDE/SATA -> Firewire/USB thingy.

    edit: woah... 65832... I need to get a life.
     
  7. solvs macrumors 603

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    You might want to try this. Or this . Both are fairly expensive, but may be what you're looking for.
     
  8. ravenvii thread starter macrumors 604

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    Seems like exactly what I need... One question though, that says 5.25... I can convert a 3.xx" drive into a 5.25"? Would that cost me a pretty penny?

    Now to debate whether it's more beneficial to sell it or to keep it. :D
     
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    It only lasts for 5 posts! Make the most of it :rolleyes:
     
  10. simie macrumors 6502a

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    Mentor SATA Enclosure with both Firewire and USB2 ports

    click here

    Features:
    -For 3.5” HDD
    -Work with PC and Mac
    -Plug and Play
    -Hot-Swappable connection
    -Compatible with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
    -Compatible with Mac OS 8.6 or above
    -With 30Watt external Power Supply
    AC input: 100-240V
    DC output: +5v 1.5A+12V 1.8A
    Safety: UL/CUL/TUV approved
    -Dimension: 198 x 125 x 33mm (L x W x H)
     

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  11. solvs macrumors 603

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    It's like $5 for a bracket, if it doesn't come with one. Otherwise, the connector is the same, and the drive just has extra room in the case. 1.75" to be exact.

    I'd sell it (after wiping it clean, of course).
     
  12. The Black Rock macrumors regular

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    What do those numbers mean anyway?
     
  13. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    They are all different CPUs fitted into Apple computers in the past 29 years. The higher number of posts you have, the better CPU you are. :)
     
  14. The Black Rock macrumors regular

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    Thank you, I've been wondering about those numbers since I started lurking here. :)
     

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