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Trying to get data off an old drive.

As I mentioned I am trying to retrieve data off an intact old drive. The problem is the adapter provides no power to the disk so nothing can be read and only connects to the sata bit. How can I provide power to the disk? The connector looks similar to a 4 pin fan header. Thanks.

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4 minutes ago, Harflite said:

As I mentioned I am trying to retrieve data off an intact old drive. The problem is the adapter provides no power to the disk so nothing can be read and only connects to the sata bit. How can I provide power to the disk? The connector looks similar to a 4 pin fan header. Thanks.

How are you faring ?

Is this a tower or a laptop ?

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Just now, leclod said:

How are you faring ?

Is this a tower or a laptop ?

Trying to connect it externally via usb.

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1 minute ago, Harflite said:

Trying to connect it externally via usb.

How come there's no power ?

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1 minute ago, leclod said:

And you have a 3.5" drive ?

I think so

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1 minute ago, leclod said:

And you have a 3.5" drive ?

It looks like this

hard disk | Definition & Facts | Britannica

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It sounds like you're trying to use a 3.5" desktop drive. That adapter you linked cannot be used with a desktop drive as it doesn't provide 12V power, and as such it's meant to be used with 2.5" drives. You'll need an adapter like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adapter-Cable-Drives-USB3-0-Drive/dp/B07G86M7KC/

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Just now, Harflite said:

 So I don't need to connect anything to the 4 pin thingy?

No. That's not a power connector, and it's not meant to be used. You'll need an adapter with a separate power supply, like the one I linked. 

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Just now, BondiBlue said:

No. That's not a power connector, and it's not meant to be used. You'll need an adapter with a separate power supply, like the one I linked. 

So all I need is the thing in the link?

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1 minute ago, Harflite said:

So all I need is the thing in the link?

Sorry it says I will need to reformat disk and I will lose my data how can I avoid this?

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1 minute ago, Harflite said:

So all I need is the thing in the link?

Yes. It's a USB to SATA adapter, and it includes a power supply. Plug the adapter into your drive, connect the power adapter to the adapter and a wall outlet, then plug it into your computer through USB. 

 

Just now, Harflite said:

Sorry it says I will need to reformat disk and I will lose my data how can I avoid this?

With your current adapter? It's not plugged into the wall in any way, right?

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1 minute ago, BondiBlue said:

Yes. It's a USB to SATA adapter, and it includes a power supply. Plug the adapter into your drive, connect the power adapter to the adapter and a wall outlet, then plug it into your computer through USB. 

 

With your current adapter? It's not plugged into the wall in any way, right?

Not but I mean with the one you suggesting there are reviews saying you have to reformat the device to use it.

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2 minutes ago, Harflite said:

 So I don't need to connect anything to the 4 pin thingy?

 

You have this ?

And your 4 pin thingy is the plug at the rear or the one before ?

harddisk_before.jpg

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Just now, leclod said:

 

You have this ?

And your 4 pin thingy is the plug at the rear or the one before ?

harddisk_before.jpg

No like the image i sent before 

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Just now, Harflite said:

No like the image i sent before 

that was a drawing,

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3 minutes ago, Harflite said:

Not but I mean with the one you suggesting there are reviews saying you have to reformat the device to use it.

Strange, that shouldn't be the case. Get this one instead: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Upgraded-Version-Chipset-Adapter-Support-USB-3-0-SATA-2-5-3-5/dp/B06WWLCYC3/

1 minute ago, leclod said:

that was a drawing,

They're talking about the small connector just to the right of the SATA power and data connectors. It's not needed, and it's not a power connector. It's labeled "drive configuration port" in their picture. 

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1 minute ago, Harflite said:

k thanks for your help.

You probably know somebody who owns a desktop,

You could just plug it in and get your data,

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That adapter can only support 2.5 inch HDD (the one for laptops) and cannot work with 3.5inch (the bigger one for desktop).

 

5 V USB power supply makes it only support 2.5-inch mass storage class drives while cannot afford 3.5 inch HDD

 

If you have a desktop PC, you can just plug it inside the pc.

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