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Transfer External Hard Drive to Caddy

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Illmatic94, Aug 21, 2008.

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  1. Illmatic94

    Illmatic94 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have a Seagate Freeagent 250gb external hard drive for my laptop. Recently (after a friend stood on it:mad:) the USB jack has been pushed inside the casing. I went to a repair place but they said theyll charge about 100 pounds to resolder the jack. So I'm looking into buying a caddy off ebay, removing the hard drive from the seagate casing, and accessing it that way.

    The thing is, I know absolutely nothing about the process..are all caddies universal to work with all types of hard drives? Have seagate encrypted their hard drives to only work in their casing?

    These are probably very stupid questions but I know very little about hardware. any help will be greatly appreciated. also, please dont be too technical in your answers, treat me like a baby.

    Thanks
     
  2. bigbear

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    I can't seem to find out whether the hard drive is pata or sata, I suspect pata.
    You really need to take the drive out of the case to make sure.
    Then its just a simple matter of buying another caddy
    Make your choice
    http://www.microdirect.co.uk/productlister.aspx?n=2,13,63,3511&n=917
    BTW this is how I make my own external drives, the prebuilt ones always seem to come with junk I don't want
     
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    "100 pounds to resolder the jack"


    thats pretty funny :)
     
  4. Illmatic94

    Illmatic94 Thread Starter

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    ^genuinely, that what he quoted me.

    plus, i dont want them looking at whats on the hard drive, i could get in trouble...
     
  5. Illmatic94

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    ok, ive been looking around ebay at caddies.

    they dont mention anything about sata or pata on them.?
    also, whats the difference between 3.5" and 5.25"?
     
  6. Rich-M

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    3.5 are for hard drives and 5.25 are for cd-rw and dvd-rw...be careful also as 2.5 are for laptop drives as well.
     
  7. Elvandil

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    About 1.75".

    The standard desktop drives are 5.25's.
     
  8. Illmatic94

    Illmatic94 Thread Starter

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    ok, got two conflicting answers there.
    it looks like a big desktop laptop, so do I need 3.5"?
     
  9. bigbear

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    As far as I can tell the Seagate Freeagent holds a 3.5inch hard drive. (The same as in a desktop pc).
    If it is connected by a 40pin ribbon then you require a PATA, ATA, IDE external enclosure
     
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