looking for Dell key (removable hard drive)

Posted on 2005-03-27
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Last Modified: 2012-08-14
My school has Dell computers and we have these little portable hard drive enclosures to slide and use, then take with us, and it slides in in front of the tower and you lock it in with a key. I need one of these keys. This has been deceptively difficult. Every combination of google searching, dell.com, newegg.com, and tigerdirect turns up nothing. It's probably because of my search terms I used....

Anyway, can someone point me to a site that I could buy just simple set of keys that will allow me to lock/unlock my hard drive into the Dell tower?
Question by:CHSnake
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ID: 13640191
Check your yellow pages under locksmiths.  Choose a well-established  reputable one that  is NOT a specialty key-cutting shop.  
Finding a good locksmith these days is getting harder to do ....too much cheap/disposable stuff  coming on the market.

....(I'm assuming it's a universal-style key as in soap dispenser or coke machine.)
....if it's not, they could probably remove the lock and change it for you, but that would probably not be economical.  


Author Comment

ID: 13640218
Yes you're right it is a universal style key. I'm just surprised that these keys aren't readily avaiable in stores or online??
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Expert Comment

ID: 13640228

Usually, these are really, really cheap keys (very few pins or, in the cylindrical ones, cuts) and they are all the same.  Contact whoever you bought it from and see if they can sell you an extra key.  While a locksmith may be able to help you, my guess is that a replacement key obtained that way will cost more than the entire removeable drive tray.
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Author Comment

ID: 13640323
Unfortunately the school gave us the drives, but they didn't give us a key. Some of the kids that have keys only have em because they happened to have dell systems at home, so their key worked. And yeah, it's a cheap little cylindrical key. I even have one for my case at home, but since I built it myself, the brand is totally different and is incompatible.

Can't believe I can't get this off Dell.com?

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ID: 13641431
if they're the really cheap ones , you can generally open them  using a small set of needlenose pliers, either  by creating enough friction by jamming the pointed end of the pliers through the center hole, if there is one, or by hooking the pointed ends of the pliers around the outside ring.
...not very elegant, but ok if you're not going to move the drive very often.


Author Comment

ID: 13642163
Unfortunately, I will need to put that hard drive in and out everytime I have that class (you put your own drive in when you get to class, then slide it back out when you're done, and replace it with the drive that was there).

So basically, to answer my question, there's no websites online where I can buy a set of Dell keys, is that right? I appreciate the help anyway.

Author Comment

ID: 13645989
Ok, I've found what I needed. It's here: http://www.pcplan-it.com/h_locks.html

The MAGIC keyword that was required to find it through google was 'CASE LOCK'. That gave me results. Thanks for the help, I'm going to ask for a refund for this question when I get home.

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