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Old 10-12-2006, 03:58 AM
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Question MacBook Pro - SATA - FireWire problem - upgrade hard drive

I've 1.83 GHz MacBook Pro. I wan to upgrade the 80GB drive to 160GB

The only think I don't understand in the process is how to connect the new drive to firewire to make the initial backup before I open my MAC and swap the drive.

The problem is with the SATA interface - how do I connect the new 160GB drive to FIREWIRE port? Is THERE a point and an obvious solution I'm missing?

I didn't find any enclosure/case for SATA 2.5 drives for FIREWIRE. Only for USB - but that's slow and I cannot boot from it.

any info most apreciated
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Old 10-12-2006, 09:36 AM
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Actually, you can boot from a USB drive on an Intel Mac. But there's also a FireWire->SATA bridge available from WiebeTech that I use all the time. They have a number of different models, I use the SATADock.

Make sure, if you're going to install this internally, that you partition with GUID!
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Old 10-13-2006, 12:59 AM
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Actually, you can boot from a USB drive on an Intel Mac. But there's also a FireWire->SATA bridge available from WiebeTech that I use all the time. They have a number of different models, I use the SATADock.

Make sure, if you're going to install this internally, that you partition with GUID!
I didn't know I can boot from USB! That's good. Anyway, I've ordered the SATA enclosure from WiebeTech - thanx for the info.

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Yep -- only Intel, but it does work. (I recommend FireWire anyway -- faster/better/etc.)
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