hard drive enclosures

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by mowerman, Aug 11, 2016.

  1. mowerman

    mowerman Gawd

    Feb 12, 2003
    I had a laptop go south and want to retrieve some files off the old hard drive. I'm looking for a cheap docking station or enclosure so that I can put the old drive into it and recover the data. Anyone have any suggestions as to a cheap drive enclosure or adapter for this purpose? I think this Toshiba drive is an SATA II or III as my old enclosure won't take the pinout on the drive.
  2. Friday21

    Friday21 n00b

    Apr 30, 2016
  3. AlienTech

    AlienTech Limp Gawd

    Sep 30, 2004
    Make sure it is a SATA hard drive first. I had a hitachi laptop which sort of looked like a sata connector but was their own. But the 2 laptops I have since 2010 both have sata connectors and connect to any new USB - SATA bridge boards. I use the bridge boards that come with the external backup drives to move data over and they seem to work just fine, since the 12V AC/DC adapter also powers the drive and the USB port also supplies power.. But I have noticed that even recent laptops have their own ports for CD/DVD drives and they are not the standard ones for some reason.