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Old February 7, 2010, 04:00 PM
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Default Connecting 2.5" PATA drive to desktop

I have an external HDD with me that is no longer working. I'm trying to diagnose if it's the enclosure or the HDD itself that's defective.

The HDD is a 120GB Samsung model HM120JC.

I have no other 2.5" enclosures, so I want to plug it directly to my desktop. Is there any way to do this using some kind of adapter? Even my laptop is using SATA now, I have no other way to test it.

Is my best bet is to buy another IDE enclosure just to test it?
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Old February 7, 2010, 04:03 PM
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I try many adaptor and I found that my external enclosure is the best for it... is you enclosure powered also buy and other usb cable or a power pack, if so I notice that my enclosure work better without additional power
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Old February 7, 2010, 04:09 PM
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There are IDE to sata adapter cables and they're not very expensive.
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Old February 7, 2010, 04:15 PM
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There are IDE to sata adapter cables and they're not very expensive.
Didn't know they make adapters for 2.5" IDE too.

However, a brand new enclosure seems cheaper than an adapter :P. I guess I'll grab one of them tomorrow.

Thanks for the suggestions, guys.
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Old February 7, 2010, 04:42 PM
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There are IDE to sata adapter cables and they're not very expensive.
that's the one in my post that I say the enclosure work best in my case, ( I will explain down) very useful adaptor to mount a PATA in a case and will cost less than an enclosure for small duty work

the note : I want to add that a use those enclosures in regular basis, and the enclosure I have resist more at the replacement of the drive and hold the drive more secure when I use them with a customer laptop and I want to save the Documents and pics before reformat. with the shape the OS of the laptop is when they bring me ... no way I can use a USB stick to do it.
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Old February 7, 2010, 05:36 PM
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You can get dumb adapters for $5 or less. Something like this. There are lots of different designs but they all adapt the 2.5mm pin spacing of a regular desktop plug to the 2mm spacing of the laptop plug and provide 5v power.

I have a USB to IDE adapter like the one you linked to. It is really really handy for troubleshooting. The large body makes it very easy to take on and put off but it is still small enough to fit in a case if you need to. Well worth the $25 I spent on it and I'll buy one with SATA the minute I need one.
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Yep +1 for the adaptor jack rabbit suggested. 2.5 to 3.5 ide
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Yep +1 for the adaptor jack rabbit suggested. 2.5 to 3.5 ide
me too this one look a way stronger and cheaper than the one I have
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