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I recently knackered my macbook by throwing water all over it.
to cut a long story short I have a new Imac.
Had to go to the apple store to get a quote for insurance, the guy said my logic board is dead but that my hard drive would probs be ok. he showed me a caddy that was 60 but said cheaper ones are available on the net.
I'm a little lost, I've had a look on ebay and I'm not sure which one to go for.
some start at just a fiver! would one of these work for me? all i want to do is get all my work off the hard drive, not much else, I'm not bothered about speed.

mac enclosure items - Get great deals on Computing items on eBay UK!

my macbook is/was
os version 10.4x
macbook 13 inch late 2006
MB 13/2.0 CTO: With following configurations:
Processor 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory 1GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM-2x512
Hard Drive 120GB Serial ATA @ 5400 rpm
Optical Drive Superdrive 6x

any help would be greatly appreciated as I'm struggling.
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First thing I suggest you do is visit OWC Performance Upgrades; FireWire USB SATA Storage; Memory, more at OWC to make comparisons between them and the items listed in the link you've provided. OWC is US-based, but they are Mac specialists. Simply translate what you find there to your UK situation and buy with confidence.

One other thing: bus-powered drive enclosures can cause problems with laptop computers, so take that into consideration.

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i've been looking at this one.
would it be ok for me?
i just need to know which one i need, then i'm away

3.5 IDE TO USB Firewire External Enclosure Caddy PC MAC on eBay (end time 17-Jul-10 22:50:38 BST)

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i've been looking at this one.
would it be ok for me?
No, your Macbook drive is 2.5", and it's connection is SATA (IDE = ATA).

USB/Firewire combo is the better choice, but it ups the price.
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Amazon may be your better option for buying in the UK, even though eBay is probably cheaper.

If you simply want to extract data from the previous MB hard drive, consider an adaptor. Have a good search through here: USB Cables, USB Adapters, USB to SATA, Express Cards, Hard Drive Enclosure - USBNow.co.uk.

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wow thanks for the info.
i'm not sure about the difference between an adaptor and an enclosure.
would this one be ok?
Smart Drive 2.5" SATA I & II HDD Enclosure USBNow.co.uk
seems to match to me.
thanks for all your help.

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or would this one be ok?
like you said i'll probs only use it once to transfer the data.
2.5 SATA USB Caddy For HD PC MAC Laptop Hard Disk Drive on eBay (end time 19-Jul-10 09:10:45 BST)

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i'm not sure about the difference between an adaptor and an enclosure.
An adaptor lets you use the drive 'bare', ie. without an enclosure. For valuable files, and for greater physical security, an enclosure is better. Adaptors are USB only.

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would this one be ok?
To both the options you've listed, best answer from me is "probably". Keep in mind that 'you gets what you pays for', and the prices seem remarkably cheap.

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