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Harddrive enclosure Hi my hard drive is not working. Ive opened the case and it seems one of the small pins has broken away. What sort of enclosure is compatible with my hard drive?

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Depending on the size
2.5" if it's a small one (no power adaptor needed)
3.5" if that's the big one (desktop hdd with power adaptor)

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At the bottom of this harddrive in the photo, and to the left, is the interface area.

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