access laptop drive on mac pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by cpnotebook80, Apr 17, 2010.

  1. cpnotebook80 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2007
    I have an old laptop drive that wont boot up.It was a windows machine.
    I removed the drive and hoped to access it using an external controller
    however, since mac pro has spare enclosure, will i be able to use the laptop drive through that. I know its not a 3.5 " drive
    I just need to access it once to get some files out
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen

    That laptop drive can have various interfaces, from P-ATA to S-ATA.

    Maybe I'm too stupid, but what is it you want?

    You have an adapter (the right one?), so it should work, shouldn't it?

    Mac OS X can read and write FAT32 formatted volumes, and it can read NTFS formatted volumes, the two common file systems used with Windows.
  3. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    If it's a SATA hard drive you can just install it in one of your extra HDD bays. You may need to get creative to hold the 2.5" HDD in the 3.5" slot so it's not all flopping around.

    SATA/IDE 2.5" enclosures are cheap now a days. Just check out or ebay to buy one.

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