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I have a MacBook Pro that went dead on me. Apple has confirmed it is the logic board and it doesn't qualify for the Nvida replacement.

I now need to get the data off of the old system by taking out the hard disk and putting it in a USB enclosure and then using it  as an External drive in a MacBook with USB 1.0.

The drive is an HItachi 5400 RPM Sata drive. The number on the case is HTS541612J9SA00.  Please tell me what kind of enclosure is needed.

Thanks,

Randal
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by:dan4132
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You could use one of these instead of putting it in an enclosure:

http://www.maplin.co.uk/ide-sata-to-usb-2.0-48965

I use these to get data from dead laptops. It does both IDE and SATA
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you can get a standard usb to sata hdd external drive enclosure. enclosures come in both 2.5' and 3.5' sizes, just match your drive's physical size. If you do these type of repairs on a regular basis you can get a hdd cable converter that allows you to copy data off any ide or sata drives via usb connection to your computer. check out http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812156017
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dlethe earned 400 total points
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You'd really have to try hard to find something that WON'T work. This is a no-brainer.

But you should use firewire instead, USB1 is slooooooooooooooow.
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by:sharingsunshine
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Thanks for the quick reply.  However, I can't do anything but USB 1.0.  Unless I am missing something I don't see this is backwards compatible.

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What I posted at the top is still compatible with USB 1. Does both 1 & 2
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Does your MBP have the tiny expansion card?  If so buy a controller for it?  If you are getting a similar replacement machine, then you can put your current HD in the replacement and it will work fine.
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USB 2 can connect to older USB 1 devices, it just slows the connection speed down to be compatible.

 
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by:sharingsunshine
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thanks for the suggestion on Firewire hadn't experienced USB.  I don't know what you mean about an expansion card?

This is the one I am ready to buy - http://www.amazon.com/Macally-PHRS-250CC-FireWire-External-Enclosure/dp/B0012DR4HG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317137508&sr=8-1
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That would work well and provice for most any available connection.
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it took several of your responses to help.  I gave firewire the most because that would have been a disaster using USB 1.0 and I had forgotten about Firewire altogether.
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