How do I figure out what size hard drive my laptop has? I've removed the hard drive and want to transfer files to new laptop. I need to purchase a SATA-to-USB cord kit and it says it has cords for 2.5", 3.5" or 5.25" hard drives. The hard drive is out of an HP Pavilion DV7 running windows 7 and is going to be plugged into an Acer running windows 7. Which hard drive do i have/which cord do I need?
I've had mine for a couple years. Just plug in the power adapter, USB cable, slide in the drive, then turn it on. Supports most 2.5" or 3.5" drives (I think up to 2TB).
I use it regularly as I leave a drive in for BACKUPS and simply disconnect the USB device (system tray) then physically turn it off. When I want to use it I just press the power button.
I'm not sure why you'd ask about 5.25" drives, however be aware that all SATA drives whether they are SSD's or Hard Drives use the same two connections, a SATA power cable and a SATA data cable.
You don't need a cable with the BlacX solution as you slide the drive into the unit which in turn is connected via the included USB cable. I forget if they included an eSATA cable. An eSATA cable requires an eSATA motherboard connection but then you can connect at your drives full speed though really it won't make much difference for a 2.5" drive.
The USB connection probably caps at 32MB/second. Your 2.5" HDD probably is no faster than 60MB/second but would fall BELOW 30MB/second for most smaller files.