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Oct 13, 2010, 01:59 AM
 
Thing took a huge dump. Not showing up under any utilities. Using the stock drive now. Sigh.

So, what simple cable adapters (don't need a whole enclosure, I guess) can I use to plug this in and try to recover some data (yeah, everything is backed up, except other people's stuff in the family)?

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Oct 13, 2010, 05:27 AM
 
Maybe something like this? SATA/IDE Hard Drive 2.5" 3.5" 5.25" HDD and Optical Drive USB Adapter from CoolDrives.com . I've never tried it, so I can't vouch for its reliability.

Do you have a Mac Tower? All you should need is something with either a native SATA interface (the lower bay of a G5 works well for this purpose), or a G4 with a SATA PCI card. The SATA connectors on 2.5" and 3.5" drives are identical.

Or, you can look for a used 2.5" external drive. The LaCie Rugged triple-interface (silver with the bright orange bumper) use SATA drives and work well for external testing of 2.5" SATA drives.

Good luck.
     
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Oct 13, 2010, 12:54 PM
 
My wife has an Mac Pro.
     
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Oct 13, 2010, 01:24 PM
 
NewerTech makes one:

NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter

The thing about these, though, is that they tend to be more expensive than a simple 2.5" USB enclosure would be. The ability to attach to pretty much any kind of drive would be undeniably useful as a troubleshooting tool, though.

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Oct 13, 2010, 06:28 PM
 
Thanks.

I thought this was kinda cool, and I may not even have to keep it in the case or use an AC brick:

2.5" USB 2.0 SATA Hard Drive HDD Case Enclosure
     
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Oct 20, 2010, 01:12 AM
 
So the next question is, since I have to have something setup on my HDD, what do folks normally use to clone the new drive? CCC, still, or? And can you clone the boot(ed) drive?
     
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Oct 20, 2010, 10:23 AM
 
Originally Posted by CharlesS View Post
NewerTech makes one:

NewerTech USB 2.0 Universal Drive Adapter

The thing about these, though, is that they tend to be more expensive than a simple 2.5" USB enclosure would be. The ability to attach to pretty much any kind of drive would be undeniably useful as a troubleshooting tool, though.
Sounds awesome. And inexpensive.

Unfortunately, Amazon reviews suggests a scarily large % of buyers get lemons. ...and poor NT service:
Amazon.com: Newer Technology Universal Drive Adapter - connects ATA/IDE/SATA to USB2 - 2.5", 3.5" HDs & 5.25" Op: Electronics
TOMBSTONE: "He's trashed his last preferences"
     
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Oct 20, 2010, 10:49 AM
 
Those USB to SATA/IDE adaptors have their uses, but they are flaky enough with good drives, let a lone bad ones.

If you have access to a Mac Pro, just whack it straight in. That'll work fine.
I have plenty of more important things to do, if only I could bring myself to do them....
     
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Oct 30, 2010, 03:18 AM
 
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Oct 30, 2010, 03:26 AM
 
I am new here and read this article and agree with this article.
Welcome! Thanks! Looks as though you'll have much to contribute to this place. (Don't tell anyone, but I agree with the article too.)
     
   
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