Change HD enclosure from USB 2 to 3 possible?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by satchmo, Jan 3, 2014.

  1. satchmo macrumors 68000

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    I have an older USB 2.0 500 gb LaCie drive/enclosure which I'd like to turn into a 3.0 enclosure and drop in a larger 3TB drive.

    Is this even possible?
    I'm not sure what the cable/bridge is called to change the existing USB 2–>Serial ATA to USB 3.0–>SATA interface.

    I realize it may just be easier to buy some cheap 3.0 enclosure, but kind of enjoy tinkering and the LaCie enclosure.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Your only choice is to buy a new USB 3 enclosure.
     
  3. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    maflynn is correct. You'd need an entirely different PCB with an appropriate controller(http://via-labs.com/en/products/vl700/index.jsp) inside that LaCie. And even if you do manage that on the cheap, there's no guaranty of physical compatibility (fit, port alignment, etc.).

    Less headache and cheaper to just buy a new enclosure.
     
  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    If you like tinkering, this might do the job:

    http://amzn.com/B005B3VO24

    Disassemble the enclosure - remove all the electronics - and just Dremel a slot in the back to hold this.
     

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