Wow, thank you both, but the thing is, it doesn't look like a traditional SATA drive to me. This is why I was confused, there are only 4 pins on the left of it and the rest is more or less a slot that would plug in, I wouldn't go as far as to call them pins though, which is why i didn't think a traditional enclosure would work. In the ones I researched myself before posting here, they all required like 40/44 pin connectors, and i only have 4 pins with the rest not being pins. I did remove the drive cage earlier, but nothing else comes off and it is just an odd connector which does not appear to fit the enclosures. This is why I have held off buying any because it does not appear to fit. However, after looking at the newegg results, I looked through many to get an internal picture at what they would look like. This is the first one I found with the internal picture: Newegg
Are all of them in the result page you provided were like this? Once again, before coming here I found another website which said to do the same thing with the enclosure, yet all of the results I found with that all had the wrong connectors (most seem to be based on pins, whereas this one is not). The one I linked above appears to have the correct ones, but I am just paranoid that if I order one which I like better/better price if it will contain the wrong internal adapter. Once again, thank you both.
Ignore the 4 pins. Those are for factory use only and of no consquequence for you. Just click on the picture to enlarge it. The image will open as a pop-up, so you may need to temporarily turn off your pop-up blocked to see it (It worked fine in FF for me even with the Pop-Up blocker on).
The others needing the 40/44 pin adapaters are IDE HD's (which is the traditional harddrive technology). SATA, a newer faster technology, does not use pins at all
, it uses L shaped blades instead with contact strips on top. Without a doubt that is a standard SATA laptop interface, so any 2.5" SATA USB enclosure will work.
For clarities sake I have highlighted everything in your picture and what it is.
The green box at the left is the factory jumpers that you should just ignore.
The red L shaped connector in the middle is the SATA data cable connector. The L shape is called a key allowing the connector to only fit one way.
The yellow longer L shaped connector on the right is the SATA power connector. Once again the L shape does the same purpose.
This is why I say it is a standard SATA connector, therefore all 2.5" SATA external USB enclosures will have these.
These keying shapes actually fix a big problem with the older IDE method, which was a straight 2x20 pin format which could easily be hooked up upside down. This would result in the death of the drive because power was transmitted through some of these pins and when hooked up upside down, it would send power down some of the data lines killing the drive. I know this from experience.
Edited by PedroDaGR8, 26 December 2008 - 03:14 PM.