Installing a 3.5'' IDE disk in a
USB2/Firewire external case
As always, I'll accept no responsibility if anything
should happen to your machine after following my
Why do this?
For different reasons:
1) I happened to have a 60 GB IDE disk and I
wished to be able to connect it to my IBook as well as to
2) Buying this external case will enable me to work on
the hard drives of machines in a bad shape.
This said, I had the choice between several cases and I
100 Euro disk at Eurodiks (June 13, 2003) I took the
usb2/firewire version, thinking I could also use it on older
You will ask me why a 3.5'' and not a 5 1/4'' case that
could hold a burner or anyhing else inside?
Well, for two reasons:
2) Noise. Indeed, the 3.5'' version has an external power
supply with no fan.
Here it is on the left! Next to it, the disk to be
installed, the firewire cable and the external power supply.
Above, you can see a bit of keyboard, the cord of the
power supply and a G4 foot :-)
Only the usb cable, also provided with the case, can't be
The "Thing" seen from the back.
The yellow arrows point at the two screws to be
The blue arrows point at the firewire sockets
On their right, the usb socket, the main switch, the power
socket and pointed out by the white arrow, a hole for the
Once the two srews out, you can slide away the left part
from the right one.
->The yellow arrows point at the power connector (the
one above) and the IDE connector (the one under).
The blue arrow points at the two sets of screws provided
with the case and the rubber pads to be stuck.
The white arrow points at the missing fan :-)
The small sachet is a silicagel one to be thrown away of
Of course the disk must be set to master (yellow arrows)
The blue arrows point at the former main screws.
I slide the front of the disk under the flap of the front
panel and I connect the IDE (yellow arrow) and the power
connectors (blue arrow).
The yellow arrows point to the four screws that fix the
The blue one points to the power cord of the front panel
led that should be set aside so that it won't be damaged
while installing the disk.
The blue arrow points to power cord of the led that has
been put back into its place, the yellow arrow points to the
IDE connector that must be carefully folded or simply fixed
so that it won't be damaged while sliding the cover back
into place when closing the box...
Here is the thing closed again with a CD on top of it
just to figure out its size.
The case is an aluminum one and I find it quite nice.