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Repair information on hard drives or hard disks. Hard drives are magnetic data storage devices. They are used in most desktop, laptop, and server due to their low cost and high data density.

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Adapter cable to connect a SATA HD?

Wondering if there is an adapter cable that can be hooked into firewire or USB to power-up and read an external SATA drive (one removed from another failed PowerBook or MacBook for data recovery)

Perhaps a pin-out diagram to make one up would do.

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what you're looking for is one of these universal USB 2.0 drive adapters - you can find other manufacturers too, not just this particular brand

FAR more versatile than an external firewire enclosure. a must-have tool for anyone who often takes apart computers and needs to transfer data between drives. - inexpensive and can interface to many different kinds and physical sizes of drives.

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These things are great. I used one when I had to clone my hard drive, and it was simple dimple. I have a couple of enclosures, but those work much better when you're making a permanent home for a drive.

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The adapters are indeed very helpful, but it's worth noting that if you're moving a lot of data around or wiping a drive, a firewire hard drive enclosure is a lot faster.

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You need a hard drive enclosure, you cant just connect it straight to the firewire port as there is complex circuitry involved. You can find one here

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Thanks everyone, I think the question is answered.

Merry Christmas to all... I'll see if there is still time for Santa to dredge up an adapter cable for me.

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Ok... Thanks for the info. However, are you sure this will work for a HD from a MacBook? The HD is a Seagate Momentus 5400.3 120GB. I bought a similar adapter, a Vantec, and the connectors did not fit the HD. Has anyone used the product on the link above for a Mac Laptop HD?

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The seagate is only a sata disk (ok, ncq - but the connector is the same). i can read, write and boot the connected devices. look out for a set with sata support.

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