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I needed to get my MacBook Pro running again after the hard drive failed, but the only drive I had available was a desktop 3.5 inch SATA unit.

So I opened up the MacBook Pro to see what could be done. Unfortunately, the onboard SATA connector won't accept a standard SATA cable. However, all you need to do is chop off some of the excess plastic on the SATA cable, and it works.

Note that you do need an external power supply for the hard drive, as the internal source doesn't supply the full 12v required.

Pro: Backup system is viable
Con: No longer a laptop

[robg adds: I haven't tested this one, and hope I never need to do so!]
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'Emergency use only' hard drive for a MacBook Pro
Authored by: ershler on Apr 27, '09 09:08:09AM

This is exactly why I always carry my 3.5" PATA, 2.5" PATA, and SATA to USB 2 adapter with me at all times. for $30.00 it has paid for itself many times over.



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'Emergency use only' hard drive for a MacBook Pro
Authored by: gabester on Apr 27, '09 09:46:08AM

I've often thought of getting one of these adapters; although then you'd be calling up MacOSXHints to get your Mac to boot from USB - because if I understand correctly the adapter bridges from USB2 on one side to SATA or IDE on the other. You can't go from IDE to SATA or vice versa, correct? Secondly, you would need to supply power for any drive you use and that is external to the adapter as well, is it not?

Thirdly, I should like to know the proper name for SATA cable that connects to a drive one end and mimics a drive connection on the other end. Everyone seems to be getting male/female confused in this context. The original hinter should indicate that a standard M/M or F/F cable is not what was used, otherwise this hint will only add to the confusion.

Finally, within the context of Port Multipliers, I've long wondered if one might convert a MacBook to a File Server through a trick like this.
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'Emergency use only' hard drive for a MacBook Pro
Authored by: laurion on Apr 27, '09 10:23:28AM

Wouldn't it make more sense to just pick up a $15 external enclosure USB or Firewire enclosure and stick your drive in that? Then you can boot right from that without having to open the laptop or damage anything.



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'Emergency use only' hard drive for a MacBook Pro
Authored by: robogobo on Apr 27, '09 01:02:13PM

yikes.



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'Emergency use only' hard drive for a MacBook Pro
Authored by: CyberGreg on Apr 28, '09 02:30:09PM

In preparation for HD failure I found it much simpler to purchase an Express Card SD card reader and setup a bootable 16GB SDHC card. Less than $65, card and reader. Of course it is fun to hack up a new computers sata connector ;)



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