Help Identifying unknown HDD enclosed in case

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August 2, 2014 at 07:43:37
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Hey Everyone,

A few days ago a buddy of mine basically gave me a free hard drive. I know nothing about it, such as where it's from, the manufacturer, or anything. The only thing on it is "TSG HDD 292" and "CF19". There also appeared to be another sticker on it, presumably a serial number, but it is damaged beyond recognition (...04...08...).

http://imgur.com/QCBhGoK

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http://imgur.com/UIl3DUs

http://imgur.com/184CreH

Any ideas? I can't even figure out how to hook it up to my computer, so I can't find out what's on it.

Thanks!

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#1
August 2, 2014 at 07:49:00
i dont know if i would even hook it up if theres any doubts about it.that would be at your own risk.it looks like maybe it has a firewire type of connection .but even im not sure of that. good luck

Davidw

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#2
August 2, 2014 at 08:34:47
Take it out of the case.

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#3
August 2, 2014 at 09:04:41
As Riider says, take it out of the case - the connector is probably a proprietary one anyway so unlikely you'll find anything to connect it with but the drive inside should be just a standard one with usual IDE or SATA connectors. As DavidW says, make sure you have decent security installed on whatever you are connecting it to, just in case."I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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#4
August 2, 2014 at 09:08:57
That's a hard disk out of a Panasonic CF-19 Toughbook. It's a SATA drive so if you take it out of the caddy you should find normal connectors.

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#5
August 2, 2014 at 09:38:56
David

I was hoping to possibly find an enclosure of some sort, presumably via USB.

Riider

How exactly would you suggest I go about this? The two side panels seem to be attached together near the rear, and the front panel is held on by two screws that I can't actually remove as I don't have a small enough screwdriver.

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#6
August 2, 2014 at 09:53:02
Buy a small screwdriver. You probably need size 0 Phillips

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#7
August 2, 2014 at 12:08:19
i think they make a case where it connects either ide or sata and the gets power from wall then it plugs in via usb connection

Davidw


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#8
August 2, 2014 at 13:46:45
Many of the smaller/external HD cases do draw power from the usb port into which they connect; and a few accept an external power source too. These are cases that are self contained - as in designed to accept a suitable drive (SATA/EIDI from wherever). They will invariably have a mini-usb connection too.

The one you are showing is NOT a usb or firewire connection; which does point to ijack's observation/input being spot on!

Most laptop (internal) caddies are usually easy to open once you have removed the retaining screws various...

If not... then you "may" also need a very thin - but not "too thin" whatever to prise out the panel once you have removed the screws holding it in place. But I doubt it.

But do be sure you use the correct screwdriver. A decent quality kit of screwdrivers for modern laptops and external drive cases isn't very much these days; and will pay for itself anon. Any decent electronics store will have something suitable; and of course there's Amazon and eBay... If you go to a local store, take the case with you; so you can confirm the size and style of screwdriver required. There are also complete kits around these days for laptops and mobile/cell phone screws and disassembly...; again on Amazon/eBay etc too...

If you don't really know the provenance of the drive (its origins and what's on it...) then I would most certainly scan it fully...


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#9
August 2, 2014 at 14:19:16
As a matter of interest, you can find details of the caddy used on this disk here: http://www.pan-toughbooks.com/panas...

As has been said, you'll need something different to use it on another computer, or else use it as an internal drive. And, yes, I would format it before doing anything else.


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#10
August 2, 2014 at 14:45:05
That model laptop was issued to the field engineers for British Gas - as it's pretty rugged... Looks a little like something the armed forces might have used too - both sides of the Canadian/US border - and cross the pond...

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#11
August 2, 2014 at 16:30:27
Since it is of unknown origin, I would not open any file even folder on it but format it as soon as it is recognized by your system.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#12
August 2, 2014 at 16:57:10
Thank you guys for all of the responses. It's been a big help!

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