Accessing a laptop drive w/o enclosure?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by munckee, May 14, 2007.

  1. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    I have a laptop drive that I'm not positive is still working. Is there any way to access the info on it without buying an enclosure, just to make sure it's in working condition?

    Assuming it is (or there's no other way to access it), any recommendations on a 2.5" enclosure? Does anyone make a firewire version?
  2. bmb012 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2006
    There's a USB kit that includes plugs for most hard drives out there, you just plug them into the cable and plug that into the USB. I don't remember what it's called, but it's like 20 bucks and that seems to be what you're looking for.
  3. munckee thread starter macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    I know what you're talking about, but a USB enclosure for a 2.5" drive only costs about $10. I was just trying to find a way to determine whether the drive works at all before dropping a few bucks on something that might prove useless.
  4. Jasonbot macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2006
    The Rainbow Nation RSA
    Try making a pinout of all the drive pins, you'll need some sort of converter to get teh pins from SATA or ATA to USB. Or, if you have a desktop PC a direct pinout to the S/ATA bus might work, if you have time. A pinout to an iPod will also work.

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