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what do I need to do connect an internal HD to a laptop?

Postby gatorade on Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:00 pm

I have a friend that has an old computer that's no longer working, which has some photos on the hard drive.
I was just wondering what I would need to get in order to connect the drive to my laptop and gain access to the folders with the photos so I can remove them.

I'm thinking some sort of adapter that would basically turn the drive into an external drive, which I could then connect to via USB cable.
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Re: what do I need to do connect an internal HD to a laptop?

Postby xenopeek on Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:10 pm

Not really Linux Mint related, so moved here.

To answer your question, what you need depends on what connector he has on his hard disk. Is it a IDE (aka ATA aka PATA) or SATA hard disk?
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As you can see the SATA (modern) hard disks have a power cable and a thin data cable, and flat connectors for the cables to connect to. The IDE (old) hard disk have a power cable and a broad data cable, and pins to connect the cables to.

Once you know which it is, you go search for either an "external usb sata enclosure" or an "external usb ide enclosure". Make sure it also matches the form factor of the hard disk (which as this is an old computer will probably just be 3.5", but check! See the table here for measurements: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_disk_ ... rm_factors)
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Re: what do I need to do connect an internal HD to a laptop?

Postby karlchen on Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:14 pm

gatorade wrote:I'm thinking some sort of adapter that would basically turn the drive into an external drive, which I could then connect to via USB cable.
Correct. For this purpose exactly I bought something a few years ago that according to what is printed on the package is a IDE/SATA Hard Drive USB Adapter Cable.
It can be used to connect old EIDE harddisks or current SATA II harddisks via USB 2.0 to any computer.
I got it from a local store who sell all kinds of IT related hardware.

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Re: what do I need to do connect an internal HD to a laptop?

Postby xenopeek on Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:30 pm

Two in one, who would have thought of that. Removes the need for my entire post :wink:
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Re: what do I need to do connect an internal HD to a laptop?

Postby Zavulon on Mon Dec 30, 2013 3:21 pm

You could also buy an icy-box or such thing, it turns the HD into external HD, and you could keep using it that way, so you can use it as a backup drive.

http://www.raidsonic.de/en/products/ext ... ?pid=2_1_4
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Re: what do I need to do connect an internal HD to a laptop?

Postby Orbmiser on Mon Dec 30, 2013 4:50 pm

Yep beat me to it about Usb enclosures that will take IDE or Sata internals and make them into Usb external drives.
Enclosures run in the $20-30 range.
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