/ Sign-up
Your question

Mounting a WD Caviar Blue in a desk-top enclosure

  • Western Digital
  • Storage
  • Caviar
  • Enclosure
  • Hard Drives
Last response: in Storage
July 9, 2014 4:16:42 AM

Apologies if this has been covered but my Google-fu appears to be weak today.

I have a Western Digital 500GB Caviar Blue SATA HDD that usually sits inside my Dell desktop PC. Model number is WD5000AAKB.

I wish to mount it in an external enclosure and connect it to my laptop as a USB drive. To that end, I purchased a http:// unit but the connectors for the HDD and enclosure are incompatible. Is it normal to connect a cable between the HDD and the external unit for data/power purposes?

More about : mounting caviar blue desk top enclosure

July 9, 2014 5:24:00 AM

Phillip Corcoran said:
The WD5000AAKB hard drive has an old IDE interface, not SATA - - according to this:

That's why the connector inside the enclosure does not match the interface of the hard drive.
You should have purchased an IDE-to-USB enclosure.

I believe you're correct. More fool me for googling the whole model number and not puting all details in. I shall have to look for an IDE enclosure. Many thanks.