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by shrivinayaka / April 21, 2006 6:47 AM PDT

I have a 80gb seagate barracuda 7200.7 serial ata hard drive. It does not fit into my computer, (the cables are wrong) I think mine is scii instead of ata. I am wondering if I could buy something that would enable me turn this into a usb 2.0 external hard drive?



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more info needed
by linkit / April 21, 2006 11:28 AM PDT

What is your computer make & model?

Unless your computer is an older Macintosh, it is likely that your computer has IDE cables (Ultra ATA or PATA) and not SCSI.

Your new Seagate 80GB Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive can be used internally if you add a SATA HARD DISK CONTROLLER CARD into a free PCI slot. There are also SATA external enclosures that use USB2.0.

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by shrivinayaka / April 21, 2006 10:09 PM PDT
In reply to: more info needed

Your information is most helpful.

Thanks again,


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Can you give me an idea
by shrivinayaka / April 21, 2006 10:23 PM PDT
In reply to: more info needed

Can you give me an example of an external enclosure? and what cables I need? My computer is an AMD Semphrom 2400+ 1.66ghtz and 512 of RAM. I want to be able to get what I need ASAP. I have tonnes of pictures and videos to back up.

Thanks again,


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external hard drives
by linkit / April 21, 2006 11:20 PM PDT

You want a 3.5'' EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE ENCLOSURE that has an internal SATA connector and an external connector of your choice--USB2.0, Firewire (IEEE 1394), or SATA. (Note that 2.5'' enclosures will hold a 2.5'' notebook HD and not a 3.5'' desktop HD.)

3.5'' SATA external enclosure (USB 2.0)

NOTE: In terms of value, you can get an inexpensive large capacity IDE (ATA/100/133) HD and insert it into a $25 IDE external enclosure.

3.5'' IDE external enclosure (USB 2.0)

IDE HD Prices after instant discount or rebate:
300GB for $90-100
250GB for about $70
160GB for about $49

Today, CircuitCity has a $300GB Seagate IDE HD for $89 (after rebate). Check online computer stores and electronics stores for weekly specials.

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by shrivinayaka / April 22, 2006 4:23 AM PDT
In reply to: external hard drives

Yes, that is what I looked up, I just wanted to make sure that is what I needed.



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Do you have a CD or DVD burner ???
by VAPCMD / April 22, 2006 2:13 AM PDT

If yes...that's a great way to store your PICs for now.
If not, you might consider getting one..the drives are attractively priced <$50...i.e. NEC3550A and the CD media holds about 700MBs, DVD media hold up to 4.7GB and Dual Layer DVDs hold up to 8.5GB.

WHatever you do, don't rely on anything as the single source for your data...always have a backup copy somewhere like a CD, DVD or external hard drive. I actually backup to a second internal hard drive and copy the backup to an external HDD.

Last...lots of good deals seen at

Any questions...drop us a note.


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Thank you
by shrivinayaka / April 22, 2006 4:24 AM PDT

Yes, I do have a CD burner right now, but what I also wanted to do was have a place where I could put my videos so I can edit them as well, and they are not taking up a huge amount of space on my primary hard drive.



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