Made a mistake on Hard Drive Purchase.... Help!

eyeon

macrumors regular
Original poster
Apr 7, 2004
161
0
Montana, USA
Hello,

Last week, my work informed me that they would buy me a seperate HDD onto which I could back up my graphics work -- I have a fantastic enclosure which I have used numerous times to covert internal HDDs for external use, and thought that we could save some money by just buying an internal HDD. It seems however that I made a big mistake in my purchase...

The drive came today, and after opening it up, I immediately noticed that the connectors were all much different from anything I've seen... going to Seagate's website, it seems that I have accidentally ordered a serial ATA (SATA) drive when I actually wanted an ATA (PATA, IDE) drive... oops.

In order to save money and time on sending the thing back for the proper one (and, admittedly, to spare me the embarrassment of admitting I ordered the wrong thing!) is there any way to make this work in my enclosure, or anywhere for that matter?

Thanks in advance.
 

robbieduncan

Moderator emeritus
Jul 24, 2002
24,638
61
Harrogate
You can get adaptors to allow you to use one SATA on a PATA connection and vise versa. See my links in this thread.

Your real problem will be that space in external enclosures tends to be tight and there won't be room for any additional hardware.
 

eyeon

macrumors regular
Original poster
Apr 7, 2004
161
0
Montana, USA
Thanks a lot for the replies and the links -- this all helps a lot! I guess I'll figure something out...