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Mounting a WD Caviar Blue in a desk-top enclosure

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?
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    The WD5000AAKB hard drive has an old IDE interface, not SATA - - according to this: http://www.newegg.com/global/uk/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136111

    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.
  2. Phillip Corcoran said:
    The WD5000AAKB hard drive has an old IDE interface, not SATA - - according to this: http://www.newegg.com/global/uk/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136111

    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.
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