If the drive is large enough to warrent it, (And you are not planning on repairing Mr.Pismo ) You could by an external firewire enclosure for it, easy to do, very nice. I did it with a desktop Hard Drive I had, It rocks.
Well, stand alone solutions do exist but are much more expensive than the enclosure kits. An external 2.5" firewire/USB kit can be had for under $20 on ebay. Really Maestro's suggestion (internal Adaptor) is the easiest and cheapest, Are you looking to connect the drive to a PC? that would be your only real challange with either the internal or the external solution, we could help you though. We could also help you figure out how to fix the Pismo, if you'd like.
Just wanna connect it to a Mac, which will hopefully see it as an external drive and let me get the stuff I need off.
I have a G4 Powerbook with a USB & Firewire, running OSX so I'm hoping to conect to that. the drive in the Pismo is OS9, though I'm only after data files, so am hoping that's not gonna be an issue.
It would be great if someone would be able to guide me in how to fix the Pismo, but honestly, I've never even used a soldering iron, so not sure I'm up for the job. If anyone on here is in London, UK and wants to help - let me know! :-)
In the meantime though, I'll get scouting eBay for an external kit for the drive. Do they have to be Mac compatible, or will anyone do?
Also, what determines whether I make it USB or Firewire when I put the drive in?
Searching for "2.5 firewire" on ebay will turn up lots of kits, there is no difference between the kits as far as Mac vrs PC is concerned. Any one will do. Basically you put the drive in the case and the case has either a Firewire, USB or both ports on the back, plug an ordinary cable in just like any other external device. Personally I would reccomend firewire over usb, Kits with both ports will use which ever cable you plug into the back after the drive is in. If your powerbook has USB 2.0 than either is fine, But if its a titanium, then firewire is the way to go. Once the drive is installed in the case, just plug in the cable and it should mount on the desktop fine.
Just be sure to buy a 2.5" (Laptop Drive) enclosure and not a 3.5" (Desktop Sized) one
Xplain's use of MacNews, AppleCentral and AppleExpo are not affiliated with Apple, Inc. MacTech is a registered trademark of Xplain Corporation. AppleCentral, MacNews, Xplain, "The journal of Apple technology", Apple Expo, Explain It, MacDev, MacDev-1, THINK Reference, NetProfessional, MacTech Central, MacTech Domains, MacForge, and the MacTutorMan are trademarks or service marks of Xplain Corp. Sprocket is a registered trademark of eSprocket Corp. Other trademarks and copyrights appearing in this printing or software remain the property of their respective holders.
All contents are Copyright 1984-2010 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.