internal to external hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bslax28, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. bslax28 macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2004
    long story short, i spilled water all over my powerbook g4 and irreparably damaged the power management unit. i got a new macbook, which i love (although i miss my pb and feel pretty stupid for the incident). but, what survived of my pb was the hard drive. my school's IT took it out and is in the process of helping my recover all its contents and put them on my macbook hd, but is there a way to turn the pb's internal drive into an external hd? its 80 gb and would be a nice addition, although i don't know if this is possible. thanks a lot.
  2. joegomolski macrumors 6502


    Apr 28, 2006
    So CA
    internal to external hard drive

    I don't think this is much of a problem.

    You will want to buy a HDD external enclosure, for a 2.5" drive. Make sure that the external enclosure has a hookup for an ATA drive.

    I put my original PowerBook HDD into an enclosure. I believe all PowerBooks use a 2.5" drive with an ATA interface.

    I like the Mercury enclosures sold at macsales.

    They'll include a USB cable, or firewire400 cable (faster transfer), hook the external drive to your MacBook. The external drive will show up on your desktop.

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