How to Switch to a new drive en­clo­sure

Mac Format - - APPLE SKILLS -

1 Fol­low a video guide

Use Google to find a tear­down video for your hard drive model on the web, and have it play­ing on your iPad or Mac within sight of your ex­ter­nal drive as you work through the process. Start fol­low­ing it to re­move the first piece of the en­clo­sure. Be firm, but gen­tle.

2 Pop- up tabs

Most drive en­clo­sures aren’t con­ve­niently held to­gether by screws; in­stead you’ll need to ‘pop’ plas­tic tabs us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of skill, force and luck – us­ing plas­tic tools like gui­tar picks helps to min­imise the dam­age you can cause while do­ing this.

3 Iden­tify and re­move disk

Make a note of the disk’s mark­ers: its size (3.5 inches in this ex­am­ple) and the in­ter­face (SATA in most cases), if you don’t al­ready know these de­tails. Then lever the disk out of the chas­sis and re­move any ad­di­tional hous­ing that the maker may have used to hold it in place.

4 Fit to new en­clo­sure

Once you’ve got a bare disk, you can fit it into its new en­clo­sure. This should be a much eas­ier job. In some cases, you sim­ply slide the disk into the en­clo­sure’s bay and click it into place – no screws re­quired – then seal the en­clo­sure, some­times just by clos­ing a door.

5 Fit a por­ta­ble en­clo­sure

2.5-inch disk en­clo­sures are less so­phis­ti­cated. Un­screw the main hous­ing to pull out a small cir­cuit board. Slot the disk into this, then screw it in place be­fore slid­ing the whole thing back into the main chas­sis and se­cur­ing it in place.

6 At­tach to Mac

Now comes the mo­ment of truth. Con­nect your new drive en­clo­sure to a spare port – USB, FireWire or Thun­der­bolt, as ap­pro­pri­ate – on your Mac, plug it into mains power (desk­top drives only) and wait for the disk to spin up. Hope­fully it will ap­pear in Fin­der soon af­ter.

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