External Enclosure help needed.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by SaleenS351, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. SaleenS351 macrumors 6502

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    Well I saw a good deal and thought it was what I needed but turns out it has ATA connectors not SATA. Is there any way I can get a connector to go from SATA to ATA or vise verca? This seems like a really good enclosure plus it was free after rebate. Am I SOL?
     
  2. matticus008 macrumors 68040

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    If you have a SATA drive, you'll need a SATA enclosure.

    There are adapters for use in desktop computers, but there simply isn't the space for them in any external enclosure out there to my knowledge. Beyond that, there will come a time not far from now when the adapter will detrimentally affect performance (it already does if you have a genuine SATA II drive). You can get the enclosure, but you'll have to buy a PATA drive. 'Free' isn't worthwhile if it won't work, no matter how tempting it is.
     
  3. imacfreak85 macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like its time to list it on craigslist, or return it if you can.
     
  4. SaleenS351 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah, I got it off Newegg.com so the 15% restocking fee isn't worth it.
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    CanadaRAM clued me on to one Coolmax enclosure (see this thread) that can handle either SATA or PATA drives, but yeah, sorry for your bad luck. :(
     

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