Accessing Seagate drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by BazEP, May 23, 2013.

  1. BazEP macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2013
    I'm hoping someone can help.

    To cut a long story short, i have liberated a seagate 1tb Sata drive and am wondering if I might be able to connect it to my MBP and use it as an external back up drive (essentially clear and format it and access it via USB 3 if possible). I have had a look around but cant see anything clear on what I need to consider or do.

    Any suggestions?

  2. skorpien macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
  3. BazEP thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 23, 2013
    ok, thanks. what is in the enclosure - is it just a housing with some basic connections and a power connector in it?
  4. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013

    This sort of dock may be easier.

    Just plug in the power plus USB cable and slot the drive in (small or large drive) and turn it on.

    Not screws, etc

    It is good to have as a back up device for any raw drives you come across.

    Alternately you can use it permanently as a USB drive.

    It also has esata and firewire in the 'quad interface' as connection options instead of USB 3.0

    You can also get just the USB 3.0 interface version.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    The most versatile solution is to get a USB/SATA docking station. They cost around $25-30, and make it easy to mount and use an older drive. If you have more than one drive, swapping drives becomes _easy_. You can boot from these just as you would an "external" drive (mounted in an external enclosure).

    To see what's available, go to (NFI) and enter into the search box:
    "USB SATA dock"
    This will bring up many hits.

    If you have a Mac that is equipped with USB3, be sure to get a USB3 capable dock…

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