Reusing a beautiful enclosure - need HDD help

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  1. addictive macrumors regular

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    Back in 2008 I purchased an Iomega eGo Portable Hard Drive 250GB. I've never really enjoyed using it. This week I decided I couldn't go on using it and took it apart. I would like to reuse the enclosure which is wrapped in brown genuine leather with chrome end caps. (see attached image).

    It was a USB 2.0 and the actual HDD was a 2.5 inch Seagate Momentus 5400 (RPM) 4.

    The enclosure came apart quite simply with the correct screwdriver. I have saved all the screws and caps but I need some help if I am going to reuse it.

    Ideally I would like to make install a 2TB HDD or higher capacity if they exist (probably going to be 2.5inch HDD to fit in the enclosure).

    First of all it would seem to me to be cheaper to just buy a brand new 2TB USB 3.0 HDD from a well known company.

    What steps will I need to take and what will I need to buy to utilise the enclosure once again.

    I know I don't need an enclosure or caddy, I have that.
    I do know i'll need an internal 2.5inch HDD
    I do know i'll need a connector which attaches to the HDD - this is where i'm a bit lost - what do I actually need to buy?
    I do know i'll need to buy a USB cable - USB 3.0 - I think one end of the enclosure is a USB mini B5 Pin.

    Is there anything else I'm missing that i'll need to buy. I'm guessing i've forgotten something.

    Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions.
     

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  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    You just need an internal 2.5" SATA hard drive and the USB cable for connecting the enclosure to your Mac. If it uses a USB 2.0 mini B, you need one of those. They don't exist - at least not officially - in a USB 3.0 flavour (and there wouldn't really be a point in getting a USB 3 one anyway).

    I don't understand this:
     
  3. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Any standard SATA drive will plug into the enclosure's PC board connector.

    2.5 inch drives can come in a couple heights, you will probably want one no thicker than the momentus one you took out.

    The controller within the enclosure is USB2, no use getting a USB3 cable.

    The largest capacity drive is 2TB at the moment, the Samsung Spinpoint is a good $100 drive. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178627
     
  4. addictive thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your reply. I realise I wasn't clear so no wonder you didn't understand. I'm not sure what connector I need for the 2.5 inch HDD, I'm guessing it is a SATA connector cable - something like this
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Serial-Adapter-Cable-Laptop-Drive/dp/B008AGJKNO

    but my issue is the chrome cap on one end will probably not be needed but then i'll need any SATA connector to fit closely with the enclosure.

    What do I need to buy to make sure it is functional with USB 3.0?

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    Can I not buy a new controller for the enclosure which would be USB 3 compliant?
     
  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Is something wrong with the SATA to USB board already in the enclosure, or do you just want USB 3?

    I'm confused as to what you're trying to accomplish...
     
  6. addictive thread starter macrumors regular

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    I do have the the SATA to USB board but ideally I do want USB3 - if I was to buy a new HDD online I know it would be USB 3.

    I don't really want to buy a new 2.5 inch drive if I can only have USB 2 speeds. Its so slow compared to USB 3.

    So in short I want to buy whatever I need to enable USB 3 while using the enclosure which I think is absolutely worth keeping and using.
     
  7. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Then you'd need a new board which will fit in your enclosure and has the same connector type so it can fit in the cutout. That might be exceedingly hard to source.
    Or you could get a SATA to USB cable like the one you linked to that is small enough to fit inside the enclosure, and then route its USB cable out somehow. That might be impossible.

    It's quite a project just to save that enclosure.
     
  8. matreya macrumors 65816

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    Forget it...utterly a waste of time. You won't find a USB3 capable board that fits the enclosure. You're better off just buying a new 2TB USB3 hard drive and tossing the old iOmega enclosure.
     
  9. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    I don't recall bare controller boards being sold, at least in one or two quantities. You may be able to find a new enclosure donor with similar board mounting and transfer.
     

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