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SATA-II Laptop Hard Drive in Desktop Hard Drive Enclosure


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#1 Drift_91

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 06:30 PM

Hey, I have a SATA apple laptop hard drive that I took out of a smashed up MacBook. I need to get the data off of it. I took it to my local computer shop with another hard drive for them to copy the partition over. However the desktop hard drive literally burst into flames when they plugged it in. They did say that the apple hard drive was in good shape and they could read the data from it. What I want to know, is if I plug the SATA **laptop** drive into a Vantec SATA **desktop** enclosure, will I fry the drive? I've heard about someone frying their drive with a cheaper enclosure, I'm not sure if the Vantec would do the same. It seems pretty dumb to me to attach the desktop voltage wires to the laptop pins on the plug, but that's what one manufacturer does apparently.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 11:28 AM

for what its worth.
I have hooked many laptop SATA hard drives to Desktop power cables and data cables and used them that way for cloning or data recovery. I've never had a problem doing so.

I've also used a adapter to hookup laptop IDE drives to desktop Data and power cables. Again no problem.

The SATA laptop drive does not connect all the lines from the power plug to the electronics. Only the 5 Volt line is used so no problem.
The reason for IDE working is that the power connector on the IDE adapter only feeds the 5 volt line to the drive.

Why not play safe if it worries you and get a external drive enclosure that is designed for 2.5" SATA laptop drives to USB and do it that way. The USB port(s) should provide the needed power based on past experiences. I say port(s) as some enclosures need to use two ports, one for data and one for power. That depends on the design.

Good Luck
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 02:13 PM

Well, I got myself a drive enclosure for it since I'm pretty paranoid about loosing the data on the drive. It was only $25, I thought it would be closer to about $40.
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"In March, 2010, VirusTotal.com, a service that analyzes suspicious files, identified more than 70,000 infected files that went undetected by one or more anti-virus engines—a more than 30% increase from last year. The sheer number of new, undetected files highlights the major threat facing Internet users today: non-detection by traditional PC security software." - This Article


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Posted 28 November 2012 - 03:59 PM

Good Luck

Let us know how you make out. If you need further help recovering data there are people here that are good at it.

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