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Internal Hard disk to external without a kit ... ? Answered

How can I convert an enternal Sata Hard Disk out a HP Pavilion taplet pc (tx1419nr) to an external hard disk with out buying a kit?? I already have a cable with USB end took it of a mouse .. Anyone do have information on how to achieve this hack???!!!!



7 years ago

I have a similar problem. I have a 2.5" SATA internal drive, and I want to connect it to my eSATA port on my laptop, in order to back up and transfer files among computers. I am thinking of buying the SATA --> USB kit anyways, just for flexibility.

Question 1: Do I require a "kit", or can I file down the L-shaped notch on an *internal* SATA cable, or the side notch on an *external* eSATA cable?

Question 2: Is there an additional power required to be supplied?

Many thanks in advance to the Great Instructables Community for help.


8 years ago

usb =/= Sata.

You need an adapter, or hook the hard drive to an Esata (external sata) port on a computer that supports it.

Long story short you need to apply power and data connection to the hard drive and the only way to do that is with the correct sata cable, or by purchasing an adapter...


Answer 8 years ago

Yep. Sorry, but you need some moderately intelligent circuitry to make this work.

Adapter s for full-sized hard disks are fairly cheap these days. I'm not sure about adapters for laptop-size disks.


Answer 8 years ago

I've got a usb-sata2 for laptop size ONLY -- it plugs into 2 usb ports so that it can draw enough power to spin up the motor.

Hooking it to a large drive can smoke your motherboard (if it lacks intelligent current limiting). It set me back about 10 dollars.


8 years ago

You can't. If you just plugged these in you would have tried that.
The data-formats are different; you do need a "kit"