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USB laptop needs to connect to Firewire drive


I have an Acer Aspire 7540 laptop with USB ports but no Firewire, no Express Card, no PCIMAI slot (or whatever it's called) but I need to connect a Firewire external hard drive. I understand that there is no way of converting these through a hub or directly so I thought maybe I could install a USB to ExpressCard slot like here:

And then plug in an Express Card Firewire slot like this:

Will this work?
The reason why I'm hesitating is that the USB to ExpressCard thing says it will only work with USB Express Cards, so does that mean plugging a Firewire ExpressCard adapter into the USB Express Card thing won't work?

Sorry but I'm very confused about this.

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No. It doesn't work.

After years and years I have yet to see that work.

Let's go a different route.

Put the hard drive into some USB hard drive enclosure and you'll get this done and spend less than what you proposed.

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harddrive enclosures?

Hi and thanks.

Damn, I figured this wasn't going to work!

Can a firewire external HD be taken apart and put into a USB shell enclosure even if it was not originally an internal drive put into a firewire shell? I don't want to risk breaking the thing as it has very important files on it.


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So 100 percent can do that.

I have yet to find a drive in such cases that is not some IDE or SATA connected drive.

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