78Views2Replies

Author Options:

Challenge Answered

Since subscribing to Instructables I have found this to be one of the best and most interesting investments I have ever made.  I do offer a challenge to those interested in computer hardware.  I removed a Seagate 4.5 inch SATA hard drive from my old computer.  I would now like to recover some files from this hard drive.  However, I cannot find anywhere I can purchase a suitable hard drive enclosure which can be connected to and accessed by a computer through a USB port.  Seagate cannot help.  Is any subscriber to Instructables able to design and construct such an enclosure?  There must be a large number of people who have a similar problem.  Would anyone like to meet the challenge?

Discussions

0
None
liquidhandwash

2 years ago

I had a portable hard drive fail, so i just pulled it apart and used the circuitry to make my own dock. Works just fine, as downunder said you can get converters from ebay. just make sure you get one with the separate power supply as Ive use the ones with 2 usb cables and they sometimes don't have the power to start hard drive.

Screen Shot 2016-09-30 at 6.14.31 PM.png
0
None
Downunder35m

2 years ago

Most docking bays on Ebay will do just that, unfortunately a lot of them state there is no support for certain drives, Seagate and WD are the two mostly named.
If you check the basics than all the magic happens with a USB to (S)ATA or IDE converter.
You can get these for internal use too, they plug onto the drive and have a cable for the USB and one plug for the 12V/5V supply.