Enclosure for old iMac HD?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by GanChan, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. GanChan macrumors 6502

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    I want to remove the hard drive from my ancient, Rev-A Bondi iMac and install it in an external enclosure. What types of enclosure will work with this particular HD, and how cheaply could I manage this?
     
  2. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    Is it the original old iMac hard drive with what 4gb space? Or is it 6gb? If it is then it *really* isn't worth buying an external enclosure. They cost about £30-£60 ($50-$100)but a 4gb hard drive is worth about 99p (~$1.50). You'd be better off getting a USB memory stick with a gig of memory or something like that. If you're dead set on getting an external hard drive enclosure just search google for 'external hard drive enclosure' or have a look on newegg if you're in the us. If you're in the uk have a look at www.dabs.com or www.maplin.com. You might want to try ebay too.
     
  3. sw1tcher macrumors 65816

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    If it's a Rev A iMac, then it's a 4GB hard drive. If it's another Rev, it's a 6GB HDD. In either case, it's not worth it to put it in an external enclosure IMO. The small capacity wouldn't be of much use for a back up drive.

    If you really need an external hard drive, buy a HDD with more storage capacity than 4-6GB.
     
  4. GanChan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I only want to pull some data off of it. The power supply in the iMac is shot, so the only way I can get the HD to spin would be to get power to it through outside means.

    I agree that it's not worth anything as a backup drive. That's why I'm looking for the cheapest way to do this. If I take it to an electronics place they'll charge at least as much just to pull the data from it. Or not?
     
  5. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

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    Link to OWC's External HD Enclosures

    According to the Specs of the Bondi iMac it's an ATA drive. It's 3.5 inches. Looks like the cheapest one is US$20. But I'm with Spanky (wow...), it may not be worth it. You may be better off just buying a complete external HD, and just ditch the drive. Or, if you're just looking to save the original drive from certain destruction (perhaps replacing it with a larger capacity one) I'd say just skip it.
     

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