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I need to purchase a external hard drive enclosure for my Sony Vaio I was told I need a Pata ? The laptop model # is PCG 8L1L & PCG GRZ660 serial # is 3100317 p/n 28124030 The hard drive is a Hitachi model # :DK23EA-40 Can you please help

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Any external hard drive will work just conect it via usb.

Posted on Oct 06, 2010

  • seedsyousown Oct 06, 2010

    I just bought SATA and it wouldnt work ?
    It didnt have a large enough slot for the pins..
    So I took it back..
    I think I need one for a IDE...

  • David Bottomley Oct 06, 2010

    I am confused an external hard drive come in a case with a usb connector on one end and is connected through the mains via a charger.
    an internal hard drive is where you have to remove a panel on the back of the laptop and insert it where the old one went also on one end you will see a black socket with gold bits on it this will pull off with a gentle tug put this on the new hard drive



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