uh oh (trouble with Maxtor hard drive)

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  1. jer446 macrumors 6502a

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    I just bought a 250 gb maxtor hd not realizing it was serial ata.. I bought an enclosure so i could put it in.. is there some way i can get the connector to fit??
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Uhmm.. :confused:

    Let's review.

    1) You have a SATA 250GB HD.
    2) You have an enclosure.

    An SATA enclosure? You want to "get the connector to fit".. what connector?

    Anyway, if the enclosure is ATA, you're not going to magically make an SATA drive "fit". Best to return the HD or the enclosure and try again.
     
  3. jer446 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I mean i bought an enclosure that has the normal ide connector.. is there a way i can get this to fit?
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Physically? Probably. Functionally? Probably not. AFAIK, SATA is backwards compatible with PATA but PATA is not forwards compatible with SATA.

    I think you're going to have to follow Yellow's suggestion and replace either the enclosure or the drive.
     
  5. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    No, It won't work. You'll need to return one of the items.....probably the hard drive since I don't know of any USB/Firewire enclosures that can take a SATA drive. The only external SATA enclosures I've seen are eSATA enclosures that require an eSATA PCI card to connect them to.

    Make sure that whatever hard drive you get to replace this one is parallel ATA (also called PATA or just ATA), not serial ATA (SATA).

    On the plus side PATA drive are a bit cheaper....
     
  6. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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  7. Mord macrumors G4

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  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Is there another one you were trying to link? The device you linked seems to go in the opposite direction...putting a PATA drive onto a SATA bus:

     
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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  10. Mord macrumors G4

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  11. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Mmm, that's american. I tried the same search on froogle.google.co.uk

    http://froogle.google.co.uk/froogle...G=Search+Froogle&lmode=&addr=&scoring=p&hl=en

    and got:

    If I bought a couple of these, I could be nearly as rich as Gates! Try it for yourself and see :)

    .. RedTomato ..
     
  12. Mord macrumors G4

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    it's odd how froogle uk spazzes out, a couple of days ago it seemed to think that all u880 lg phones cost £5k
     
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