Problem: Making PowerBook hard-drive an external drive

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by inlimbo, Apr 8, 2010.

  1. inlimbo macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I want to put my old 15" PowerBook hard drive into an external case.

    I pulled the hard drive out of the PowerBook.

    And I purchased a NexStar CS 2.5" SATA to USB 2.0 external case.

    But the connections don't match.

    What do I need to do?

    Do I need to buy some sort of adaptor?

    Hard drive is a Hitachi 120GB 5400RPM (model # HTS541612J9AT00) 2.5"

    Sorry, these photos are blurry as hell.

    Picture of hard drive pins:

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    Pins are in the following configuration (1's represent pins):
    Code:
    1111111111111111111111 11
    111111111111 111111111 11
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    ************
    Picture of hard drive with adaptor attached (this is what connected the hard drive to the Powerbook).

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    Picture of external-case connections.

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    Thanks for any help you can provide.
     
  2. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    if appears that you have purchased the wrong case!! :(

    powerbooks use IDE hard drives, an older style and interface. you have purchased the newer SATA interface.

    you will have to purchase a IDE ->USB (or fw) external hard drive.
     
  3. inlimbo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Dammit!

    Thanks for your speedy reply DoFoT9!

    I thought it was SATA like my current MacBook Pro. My mistake.

    Thanks again!
     
  4. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    yea i did the same thing! i purchased an optibay case for my MBP Sata->Sata, only to find out that i needed a Pata->Sata.. i wasnt happy :(

    sorry i had to be the bearer of bad news :(
     
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    SATA is the connector on the top, and PATA/IDE is on the bottom. These are 3.5" hard drives, but the connectors look more or less the same on 2.5" drives. Not a hard mistake to make, unfortunately.
     

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  6. inlimbo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah, I see.

    Fortunately the cases are fairly cheap, so it’s not an expensive error to rectify. :)
     
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    thats true :) i paid $10 for mine! from ebay. goodluck :D
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    If the external enclosure you bought is a nice one, you might consider saving it instead of returning it - and just pick up a SECOND [IDE style] enclosure.

    At some point, you may decide you need more storage, and you'll have a waiting enclosure for another - this time, SATA - drive to go into....
     
  9. inlimbo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks again everyone!

    I got an IDE-to-USB case today and it all works!

    My PowerBook died about 6 months ago. The hard-drive was fine, but the computer wouldn’t hold a charge or run off the power-outlet. It would work for about 20 mins and then turn-off. And then it stopped turning on at all. So I couldn't pull the data of the drive.

    But now I can!

    Better than paying an Apple Genius $68AUD just to transfer the data over to my new MacBook Pro. Now I can do it myself.

    I'll keep the SATA case as per Fisherrman's advice. Because I know if I sell it, I will end up needing it some time later. :)
     

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