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Backing up the Hard Drive

I own a Dell Inspiron 8500 that I've had for about 5 years.  I need to back-up the hard drive which is a Hitachi Travelstar 40GB ATA/IDE.  I've tried a couple of enclosures but they haven't been compatible.  How do I find an enclosure that is compatible with my hard drive?  The model # is IC25N040ATCS05-0. I would be very greatful if anyone can help me.

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  • SeanJohn79 Jan 26, 2008

    This hard drive won't plug in to any standard enclosure whether its 2.5" or 3.5".  Does anyone know of an adaptor that I plug this into?

  • SeanJohn79 Jan 26, 2008

    Yes!  There was an extra piece.  Thanks a lot for your help.  It looks like I'll need a 3.5" enclosure.



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I take it your hard drive is IDE. Most enclosures only support 3,5" inch harddrives with either SATA or IDE interfaces. A notebook's HDD can have the IDE interface but it's way smaller than the standard.

There is an option however, it isn't necessarily an enclosure. You can look for the A.C. Ryan uDrive. It's a USB device which allows you to connect harddisks or optical drives from three different interfaces without the hassle of building in the drive in an enclosure.

If this is what you need, check this page:
[A.C. Ryan uDrive]

You'll need to connect your harddrive to the 2,5 inch drive connector on the device.

I hope this is what you were looking for.
Let me know if this solved your problem.



Posted on Jan 24, 2008

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    Pascal Willemen Jan 26, 2008

    From the looks of it, there's some extra connector to it. Propably for easy removal from your laptop. Try if that can come off. It probably can, when it's off, you HDD has a normal interface.

    Let me know if this had helped.



  • Pascal Willemen
    Pascal Willemen Jan 26, 2008

    Try pulling it or check for screws next to the pins.

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    Pascal Willemen Jan 28, 2008

    If this drive came from a notebook, you'll probably need a 2,5" one. Sorry I didn't think of the extra connector earlier.

    You don't see those that often.

    Thanks for the ratings, I really appreciate it.





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