Thread: HD enclosure
06-15-2008, 03:12 PM #1
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I'm trying to buy an enclosure for a hd i salvaged from an old PC. How do you tell the actually physical size of the drive?(i.e. 3.5"). Also, will i be able to erase/format the drive in OS X?
06-15-2008, 03:24 PM #2
measure across the short side of the drive. one type will measure about 3.5", the other about 2.5".
you should be able to tell them pretty easily by sight though. a 3.5 inch drive will be slightly larger than an average persons hand, a 2.5, slightly smaller. also the 3.5 will have a power connection, a data connection for numerous pins, and 6 prongs for 3 jumper positions. on the label of the drive somethere wit should say something like ATA, ultraATA, Serial ATA, SCSI, etc which you'll need to know to get the right enclosure.
this may also help you figure out what you have:
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06-19-2008, 12:36 AM #3
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- Banks Peninsula, New Zealand
- MacMini 2.4, 8 Gb, OS 10.10 and 10.6; MacBook 2.4, 4 Gb, OS 10.6.8
A 3.5" drive:
Length 5.75" (145 mm)
Width 4.00" (100 mm)
Depth 1.00" (25 mm)
Also, will i be able to erase/format the drive in OS X?
Re disk enclosure: they're pretty standard for 3.5" drives, and fitting the drive inside them is a simple procedure. If you want a cheaper option (which I needed), then buy an IDE/SATA-USB adaptor kit (about US$18) and make a polystyrene tray for your 'bare' external hard drive. Great fun!
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