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Old 06-07-06, 11:04 AM
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can i use this HD with my powerbook G4? (newb help)

Long story short, I had a roomate who stiffed us for over 2 g's in rent and he was a coward and just left all his stuff at the apt. for use to clean. anyways i found this hard drive. I've hung on to it and just recently ran across it. I have a powerbook G4 laptop now, and was wondering if i can use this as an extra external harddrive? if so what cables and what not would i need? if anyone can help me i would be really appreciative, as that's about 80 gigs of free space i could really use. thanks alot.

edit: he treated all of his stuff like shit, so for for whatever reason he took off the top metal casing, you can see the circuits but no movable arms or parts. don't know if this matters. if i can use it i will only use it to store stuff and not leave it plugged in all the time. just transfer and store data.

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Old 06-07-06, 11:10 AM
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the maxtor link isnt working for me
so i cant tell if its a desktop (40 pin IDE) harddrive or laptop (2.5") drive

either way.. the answer is yes.. both desktop and laptop drives can be put in enclosures and used as external drives through usb/usb2/firewire/etc..
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Old 06-07-06, 11:24 AM
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Originally Posted by twikoff
the maxtor link isnt working for me
so i cant tell if its a desktop (40 pin IDE) harddrive or laptop (2.5") drive

either way.. the answer is yes.. both desktop and laptop drives can be put in enclosures and used as external drives through usb/usb2/firewire/etc..
here's the pic on the page of the connection:

if you want you can just go to maxtor.com and search 98196H8 which is the model number. (it's the first link the search gives you) if this is possible can somebody direct me to exactly what wires and what not i would need? thanks alot for all the help
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Old 06-07-06, 11:43 AM
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reviews vary on external harddrive enclosures
thats just a standard 40pin ide drive.. so a basic hd enclosure is all you need.. then it just depends if you need to go usb or firewire (Im not familiar with mac)

i havent played around with the enclosures.. so Im not going to recommend a specific one.. There have been discussions on various ones in this forum if you want to search..
here are the enclosures at newegg
http://www.newegg.com/ProductSort/Su...tion=enclosure
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Old 06-07-06, 11:45 AM
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i have both usb and firewire, i will probably want to use firewire.

can you point me to what kind of wire i will need to get? i'm not too worried about the enclosure right now, i want to see if it works first (he treated his stuff like shit)

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Old 06-07-06, 12:03 PM
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the enclosure includes the wires

but i guess if you just want a cable.. you can buy that seperately.. but youll end up spending almost as much on the cable, as a cheap enclosure
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ok so i found out that the exact model is the DiamondMax 80 ATA 100. How do i find the right enclosure for this one? Like i said i have absolutely no experience working with hard drives. I just want to make sure and not buy something that won't fit or whatever. thanks.
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Old 06-10-06, 05:21 PM
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could somebody point me in the right direction of finding the right enclosure to get? thanks.
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