Connect HDD w/out enclosure to USB, or teardown one to use w/ MacBook.

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by DavidChavez, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. DavidChavez macrumors member

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    I've been looking for a new HDD for my MacBook. Mine is 2 years old and... 80 GB. I know it's kinda lame, but anyway.
    The thing is that I want to upgrade my HDD soon (any advice?) but I don't have another one to backup my data, install the new HDD and then get back all the data.
    I was looking some options to connect a HDD to USB, but mostly I have to use a some kind of dock, which I think is a little bit awkward.
    But if there is no kind of cable, instead of a dock, I was thinking about buy an HDD with enclosure, but then disassembly it and put it to the MacBook. Later put my old Toshiba 80 GB HDD on the enclosure.
    I saw on iFixit but I couldn't find anything, is that possible?
     
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    USB enclosures for 2.5" HDDs cost around 10€, so that should be a cheap road, shouldn't it?
     
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    That one will NOT work, as it is for P-ATA (IDE) HDDs. I have several, no-brand, enclosures for 2.5" and 3.5" HDDs (P-ATA and S-ATA) and they all work okay. Just make sure, that yours is S-ATA compatible.
     
  5. DavidChavez thread starter macrumors member

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    SDD compatibility

    And all these SATA-compatible enclosures will also work with Solid State Drives?
     
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    Yes, as SSDs use S-ATA as a connector.
     

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