using internal HD as external

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  1. nhood01 macrumors member

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    Hi, im interested in using some 3.5" SATA internal HDD's as external backup drives for my macbook pro.

    I'd like to do it without an enclosure. I like the look of the bare HDD. From what i understand, all that i require is a SATA USB adapter. Is this correct? I'd like to make sure i know what i'm doing before investing in hardware.

    Any assistance will be much appreciated.

    Thanks, Nick
     
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Yeah I like that industrial look too. Yeah, all you need to do it is an adapter. You can either get a cord-like one, or one like THIS. That one's handy because it keeps wiring down to a minimum.
     
  3. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    One additional note. Since you're talking 3.5" drives, any method you choose will 99% likely require a wall outlet. Some enclosures can handle 2.5" on USB power, but I've never seen one that can handle a 3.5" without external power.
     
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Yeah, I'm not sure that you'll be able to do that without an enclosure with a 3.5" drive. It will require external power, however there aren't really adapters for that without using an enclosure. there may be a clear enclosure you could get though.
     
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  7. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    I'm pretty sure that component is meant to plug internally into your computer. It's powered by a connector from your computer's power supply. You can tell because in the system requirements it's calling for a Mac Pro. The laptop won't power it unless you cut a few holes. ;)

    I have the universal drive adapter mentioned in the most above. I use it for data restoration for failed client drives. Might be a good solution for what you're looking for. Plus if you come across laptop drives or old IDE drives it is compatible with those too.
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    "I'd like to do it without an enclosure. I like the look of the bare HDD. From what i understand, all that i require is a SATA USB adapter. Is this correct? I'd like to make sure i know what i'm doing before investing in hardware."

    Take a look at these:
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=usb+sata+dock&x=0&y=0
    (various items shown -- pick the one you like)

    Might be exactly what you're looking for. SATA "docking stations" make drive-swapping quick and easy. You can boot from them, too.

    If you want more speed and connection options than just USB2, Other World Computing sells this:
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer Technology/FWU2ESHDK/
    (a bit more expensive, tho)
     
  9. nhood01 thread starter macrumors member

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    I see. Its meant for a desktop. I like the docking stations, but im not sure i wanna spend the extra cash for one. I think the universal drive adaptor is what i need.

    For the specs on the

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer Technology/U3NVSPATA/

    it says it includes a SATA 2.5″ Power Adapter Cable. Can i be sure that it will provide power for a 3.5"?

    but it does say "USB 3.0 to IDE and SATA interfaces adapter: access your 2.5"/3.5"/5.25" drive as a removable storage on any computer"

    Does anyone know what the deal is with that?
     
  10. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Oh - the 2.5" uses a slightly smaller connector that requires the adapter it mentions. The way my particular one works is the Sata-to-Sata connector it mentions is from adapter-to-3.5" drive and if I want to connect a 2.5" drive, I pop the adapter to the end of the connector.

    Power isn't a problem :)
     
  11. nhood01 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for clearing that up, Belvins. Appreciate it.
     
  12. nhood01, Mar 2, 2011
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    nhood01 thread starter macrumors member

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    One more thing...

    Id like to hook up another identical drive and set up the two as a raid 1. Is there anything else i'm gonna need to accomplish this. I've never set up a raid before. I'd like to make sure this is gonna work.

    Thanks!

    edit: I'm looking to buy a pair of 1TB internal drives. Do you guys have any recommendations?

    This looks pretty good:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148697&cm_re=seagate-_-22-148-697-_-Product

    I know Seagate bought Maxtor some time ago, but im pretty sure the barracudas aren't maxtor parts.
     

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