Using old laptop drive

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Ron, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. Ron

    Ron Guest

    Anyone take an old drive out of an unused laptop and use it for backing
    up on the road? I have a ten gig drive in a Sony Vaio subnote which I
    assume is a 1.5 inch one. Presumably I could get an enclosure with power
    supply and run it through USB port, or connect
    with Delkin Bridge?????????? Anyone have experience doing this? Anyone
    rigged up a portable power supply???

    Ron, Feb 21, 2005
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  2. Ron

    rafe bustin Guest

    See the many interesting storage
    and backup devices at

    Most of these are built around small
    notebook sized hard drives. A unit
    with a 20G hard drive included can
    be had for about $170.

    "Drive-less" units can be had for
    around $70 to $80.

    rafe b.
    rafe bustin, Feb 21, 2005
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  3. Ron

    Ron Guest

    Thanks guys. Was hoping....The computer is truly on its last legs -- bad
    power supply, ports not working correctly. I never use it. I will yank
    the drive an put it in an enclosure and simply use it for backup off my
    computers. Found an enclosure on eBay for well less than twenty bucks,
    including postage. Having done this with a standard size drive I'm sure
    I find use for this one. I do have some other portable devices,
    including a flash drive and hard drive MP3 player I can use, as well as
    another tiny Vaio.
    Ron, Feb 21, 2005
  4. You can buy enclosures for 2.5" drives that are USB 2.0 and are powered
    through the USB port. (I don't know if 1.5" drives would adapt.)

    Dave Herzstein, Feb 21, 2005
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    Ken Oaf Guest

    Though it is possible, by the sounds of it the laptop has had a hard life. I
    wouldn't trust the old hard drive to last long. You can buy new 40 gig laptop
    drives for a very reasonable price these days.
    Ken Oaf, Feb 21, 2005
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    Paul Mitchum Guest

    Yup. :) I put my old iBook drive in a MacAlly USB/Firewire enclosure.
    It stores an extra backup of photos while I'm on the road. But they're
    copied from the computer, not over a USB bridge.
    The Delkin web page shows the bridge being used to burn CDs, of all

    The deal is that USB is powered, but the power coming from the bridge
    might or might not be enough to run your hard drive and its enclosure.
    Some enclosures have a DC 5v in plug, which you can power from a wall
    wart, or a battery. It all depends on the enclosure you get, and whether
    you can plug it into a wall or use a battery with it.

    I'm waiting for USB 2 versions of the various sync products.
    Paul Mitchum, Feb 22, 2005
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